Microsoft Unveils Revolutionary Dual Screen Surface Tablet and Smartphone
The Neo and Duo together are set to challenge the emerging market for foldable devices.
Those new products include the new Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X, but the big news for many is all about screens — the double-screened Surface Neo, a Windows tablet, and its smaller companion, the Android-powered Surface Duo smartphone.
The Surface Neo is a pair of 9″ screens that unfold to a 13″ display — standard laptop screen size. The Neo runs off Windows 10X and the screens are connected with a 360-degree full-friction hinge. That means the Neo can adapt to just about any shape you need in such a device. Microsoft says it is “the thinnest LCD in its class” and is “built for productivity and multitasking like a true PC.”
Which, let’s be real, is the biggest advantage to the Surface line in general — tablet portability and convenience with PC capability.
With the Surface Duo, Microsoft has merged this product line with its persistent smartphone ambitions in a pair of 5.6″ screens that flip open to form one 8.3″ display — a phone that morphs into a tablet.
The big difference is actually under the hood, though: The Duo marks Microsoft’s acknowledgment that Android makes for a superior and fully-functional mobile device. One that also comes with the advantage of a well-established ecosystem of apps easily purchased from a number of sources.
Some details on these new Surface devices aren’t available yet, such as precise specs and pricing. Another unknown: how well either will compete with the slowly-emerging market for folding screens embodied by the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate.
We’ll find out more when Microsoft officially releases them to the public in 2020.