The Microsoft Surface Neo, which was unveiled at Microsoft’s big October 2019 press event in New York, may not be out in the wild yet. However, this much-rumored dual-screen laptop is already setting the computing world abuzz.
From its name alone, you know that this is going to be a fresh and groundbreaking device. Neo means ‘new’ (being derived from Greek), and Microsoft is essentially sending that message that it’s nothing we’ve ever seen before. At least in the real world. Though if you’re one of the many that immediately thought of The Matrix, it’s kind of appropriate as well, as that imparts the device in instant cool factor.
But, we digress. The point is that the Surface Neo is a completely new Surface that is essentially two tablets hinged together to resemble a book. It will also feature Windows 10X, a new spin on Microsoft’s popular operating system that’s designed and optimized for dual-screen devices. That tight integration of hardware and software will definitely open the device to some neat tricks.
Let’s delve deeper into all this fresh information we’ve just discovered about Microsoft’s Surface Neo. And, be sure to bookmark this page as we will be updating it as more details come our way.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The new dual-screen Surface device
- When is it out? Holiday 2020
- What will it cost? We don’t know at this point
Surface Neo release date
Surface Neo is still quite a ways away, with a release anticipated to land when the holiday season in 2020 rolls around, assuming there’s no slippage of course.
Surface Neo price
It’s still much too early for Microsoft to be discussing the price, and we haven’t learned just how much damage Surface Neo might do to your bank account just yet.
Surface Neo specs
At the press event where Surface Neo was originally introduced, Microsoft explained its vision as creating something which is supremely versatile. A product which would be the “next category” of device, and would deliver the “ultimate in mobile productivity”, as Panos Panay enthused.
To put it very simply, it’s two 9-inch tablets hinged together into a dual-screen machine so it resembles a book (similar to the Microsoft Courier concept the company abandoned a decade ago). The Surface Neo’s 360-degree hinge lets it be flipped right back, or used in tent mode.
Powering this dual-screen machine is an all-new Intel Lakefield processor, styled as a hybrid chip and incorporating an 11th Generation Intel graphics solution. The CPU has a reduced silicon footprint, and is half the size of a regular PCB.
The tablets are fitted with Gorilla Grass, being 5.6mm thin and weighing 655g. There is a pen that magnetically attaches to the product, and a small keyboard which magnetically seals to the Surface Neo too, and can be placed on top of the lower screen (being just over half the width of the screen) to be typed on in a laptop-like fashion. The keyboard and pen charge up automatically, as well.
When the keyboard is sat on top of the display, the device recognizes this, and conjures up the ‘Wonder Bar’ on the section of the screen visible above the keyboard, providing you with Touch Bar-like functionality with access to emoji, a trackpad, and the ability to ink.
The hardware is paired quite closely with Microsoft’s new OS, Windows 10X, which as stated above has been purposely designed for dual-screen devices just like this new Surface. Surface Neo allows the user to benefit from actions like flowing applications across both screens to get a larger working area. Or if you have, for example, Outlook open on one screen, and you press on a link in an email, the linked website can open directly opposite on the other screen.
Versatility is the key here, of course, with more than welcome dollops of user-friendliness and convenience ostensibly baked into the bargain.
Microsoft obviously has high hopes for dual-screen hardware, because at the same time as unveiling Surface Neo, the company also introduced its Surface Duo – yes, the Surface Phone by another name, a foldable dual-screen device with 5.6-inch displays which has been long anticipated by many people.
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