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Microsoft Surface Duo 2 specifications, launch date and possible Android 11 release date for the Surface Duo revealed

Android 12 may not reach the Surface Duo or the Surface Duo 2 this year. (Image source: Microsoft)
Android 12 may not reach the Surface Duo or the Surface Duo 2 this year. (Image source: Microsoft)
According to reports, neither the Surface Duo nor the Surface Duo 2 will receive Android 12 this year. An Android 11 release date has been mooted for the Surface Duo, though. For some reason, Microsoft plans to release the Surface Duo 2 with what will be an outdated OS by that point, albeit with flagship components.
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Surface Duo 2 rumours have already started, as we reported last week. However, Microsoft has not forgotten about the Surface Duo, its return to smartphones after the end of its Lumia brand and Windows 10 Mobile. The Surface Duo is in much need of attention though as it is still stuck on Android 10, nearly nine months after Microsoft launched it in the US.

According to Windows Central, Microsoft is testing Android 11 on the Surface Duo, but there is no 'firm ETA' for when the update will reach stable status. Apparently, Microsoft is targetting 'later summer rather than early summer', so it may be August before the Surface Duo receives Android 11. Incidentally, Google expects Android 12 to reach Platform Stability in August with Beta 4, with a stable build probably due within a month of that target being reached.

Windows Central believes that Microsoft many new features to the Surface Duo with Android 11, beyond the core differences between it and Android 10. It also states that Microsoft has tied the Surface Duo's software support to the Surface Duo 2's, a device due in September or October 2021.

Hence, the Surface Duo 2 will launch with Android 11 after Google releases Android 12. While we doubt that many flagships will have received Android 12 by September or October, the likes of OnePlus probably will have released an Android 12-based device by then.

Thankfully, Windows Central expects the Surface Duo 2 to feature the Snapdragon 888, Qualcomm's latest flagship SoC. The 5 nm chip will also bring 5G connectivity to the Surface Duo 2, while Windows Central has been told that Microsoft has included NFC and better cameras this time around, too.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-06-11 (Update: 2021-06-11)