Microsoft's Surface Neo is a dual-screen device like no other with Windows 10X

Microsoft's Surface Neo is a dual-screen device like no other with Windows 10X
Microsoft didn't just catch us off guard with AirPods-rivaling Surface Earbuds at a New York City event earlier today, also showcasing not one but two different products seen as category-defining. While we knew the company was gearing up to finally announce the first results of its longtime development of dual-screen devices, nothing could prepare us for the droolworthy demos of the Surface Duo and Surface Neo.

As the name suggests, the Surface Neo aims to create a whole new category of flexible, productive, and powerful gadgets. Right off the bat, though, we must highlight this potential game changer is not ready for primetime yet, with Microsoft feeling confident it will become so by the "next holiday" season.

Made to adapt to the user in both form and function, the Surface Neo comes with a pair of 9-inch screens separated by a 360-degree "full-friction" hinge. Naturally, that doesn't make the product incredibly compact, but when unfolded, the thing measures 5.6mm in thickness, which is pretty crazy impressive. By the way, this is technically not a foldable device, which seems to be the right course of action considering the build quality concerns of the plastic 7.3-inch display on the Galaxy Fold.


Make no mistake, these are high-quality 9-inch LCD panels Microsoft plans to use here to "adapt to whatever posture you need in the moment." That means you will (someday) be able to use just one screen, both of them together for the same task, separate to do multiple things at once, and even whip out a keyboard from behind one of the screens (where it can be magnetically attached) to get more work done with little effort.

Tipping the scales at only 655 grams, the Surface Neo certainly has the potential to replace your conventional phone, tablet, and laptop with an incredibly versatile design, but of course, its mainstream success hinges (no pun intended) on two other things. The price point is unsurprisingly kept under wraps, while Windows 10X is a new "expression" of Windows 10 that's likely to ultimately make or break this positively dreamy device with its app support and overall user experience. 

If you think about it, the fact Microsoft is unveiling the Surface Neo more than a year ahead of its planned commercial release might actually be a good thing, generating interest from developers to help create the "next wave of dual-screen computing."


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18 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Ugly as fu*k

2. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Yep. They say this is their vision of the future. Pretty much sucks.

5. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

If you guys can't embrace the new tech, you shouldn't be on this site. Give them props for trying it and coming up with a new product. It looks as good as an iPad that I currently own but Surface Neo will have hundred different use cases. I'm looking forward to it.

17. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Not everything deserves praise

19. Vogue1985

Posts: 480; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Functionality,practicality and form function before beauty. The simple is very simple but looks better built and stronger get than all the other phones. Plus this looks like a work utility but a fashion statement so it will do fine for some.

3. LiveFaith

Posts: 487; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Lead designer, Mr. Bud Grack. Put his signature right down the middle of the screen! :-\ This would be akin to putting a metal support strip straight down the middle of the windshield on a 2020 luxury car. That design went out in the 1940s or 50s. Not a good look for M$FT imo.

8. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I agree. Samsung has the right idea, and MS could have figured out a better design.

4. Vokilam

Posts: 1282; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

What is the point with the crease in the middle?

6. Valdomero

Posts: 698; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I guess people here is too accustomed to the Galaxy Fold design, this is NOT A FOLD PHONE, this is a foldable tablet/laptop, this competes directly to the ipad/Macbook Pro. This intelligent keyboard/trackpad thingy is pretty neat, I love the design. Hopefully this thing will cost like the current Surface Pro

7. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 174; Member since: May 29, 2019

Finally, a proper competitor to the Galaxy Note.

9. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 174; Member since: May 29, 2019

well, wrong article F

10. inFla

Posts: 137; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Still remember them dropping windows phones like hot potatoes.

11. Budhainthemood

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Looks really nice! I'm more of an Apple tech fan and for a reason, but this thing here really makes sense! Unlike the ridiculous Samsung Fold and that other nonsense Hueyavey or whatever folding device.

12. TBomb

Posts: 1574; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

People complaining about the hinge in the middle are not the target market for this device. It's not trying to be a large smartphone. It's trying to be a tiny laptop

18. odachek

Posts: 127; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Why can't Microsoft make waterfall curve in between the two screens? So way behind China's technology.

20. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The waterfall curve and the curved edges in general are annoying. If I could buy a galaxy note 10 without the curved edges, I would. I hate the curved edges on my s8+.

22. shawman

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Looks 1st gen. I was thinking 1st lakefield product will be closer to galaxy fold than 2 tablet screens. But need to see in person. Plus it will be crazy expensive as well. So will take few years to hit mainstream. But being a surface product it will be well built for sure.

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