Surface Neo and Surface Duo: Up close with Microsoft's new dual-screen devices
Microsoft announce a ton of new surface products today but it also gave us a glimpse of the future.
The company talked about two new dual screen devices that we're not going to see until holidays 2020.
At the event here, they have a couple on display.
We're not allowed to get anywhere near them.
I did get a little bit of time touching The Neo is kind of more of a tablet sort of device.
It opens like a book.
It has two screens and a hinge in the middle that, lets say open in a 360 degrees.
This is kind of an answer to all of those hold the balls we're seeing out there.
Microsoft believes that dual screens are really going to be the future of devices.
It's not necessarily.
All this whole doubles right now, there's just a lot of trade offs that you get with multiples, you can't get them wet.
Look, it's not glass, my scratch easily.
They're just very fragile devices.
So Microsoft is kind of betting that dual screen is going to be the way to go.
They found that also having a second screen makes you a lot more productive.
Productive, so when you go back to Microsoft Art, it's office, it's productivity, it's Word, Excel, all of these things that you 're gonna wanna be able to kinda multitask.
The big surprise that they have was they have a new phone called the Surface Duo.
This runs on Android which is a very different move for them [UNKNOWN] Microsoft had tried with Windows Phone in the past, but they ended up killing it off a couple years ago.
They just couldn't get enough people to make the apps.
With the Duo, they'll be going with Android, so you'll be able to kind of have all of the goodness Microsoft, Windows, Office.
But you're gonna be able to access all of those Android apps that you wanna [UNKNOWN] Both of these devices have two screens, the Duo has two 5.6 inch screens that when you expand it you kind of have an 8.3 inch display.
The Neo has two 9 inch displays that then expand to 13.1 inches.
This is gonna let you to be able to multitask.
So for instance, if you have Excel open, you'll be able to see the columns on one side but you can do mean or something on the other.
Or for your mail box.
You'll be able to see the full list of messages you have on maybe the left side of the screen and then on the right side, you can pop into an actual message, read and respond without losing Where you were in your overall message box.
They really see these as a way to just make us more productive, to get people into the Microsoft ecosystem.
We don't have a ton of details about these devices right now, since it's so early.
They really wanted to announce them to give developers time to make apps for those two screens.
Microsoft has also done some work, and it's going to be Gonna be doing work, so if a developer doesn't necessarily support two screens, the app will still look okay.
That's gonna be especially important for the Duo phone.
It's unlikely that every Android app developer is gonna support dual screens.
So Microsoft will do work so that these apps don't look horrendous, and you Don't find that you just can't use them at all on these devices.
It's still early days with these we don't have a ton of details about what the software's eventually gonna look like on the duo.
We don't if it's gonna be 5G.
We don't know if they'll be as high as the $2,000 foldables that we're seeing from Samsung, or even higher.
Price from Huawei.
I suspect that Microsoft will probably go slightly lower pricing.
The duo is pretty similar size to the Galaxy Fold when it's expanded.
I compare it to an iPhone 11 Pro as well.
It's about the same thickness when it's closed.
It's about, not quite an inch, each side a little bit wider.
This isn't going to be your.
Super compact phone.
If you like something that's tiny, that's going to fit in your hand, this isn't necessarily going to be the option that you want to pick.
But if you do want something that just has more screen real estate so you'll be able to hop into different apps and take advantage of all sort of multitasking and things like that, this will be a better option.
The Neo will have an optional keyboard that you can Can add on.
They both will also work with the stylus.
You're gonna have to pay for those separately.
They're not gonna come with the NEO.
The DUO is not going to work with an outside keyboard.
Microsoft said it's still a little early to say exactly what the software is gonna look like on these, but you can expect the DUO to be more of an Android experience.
We're obviously the Neo is running Microsoft's new version of Windows.
We're not gonna see these for at least a year but Microsoft really sees these dual screen devices as the future of computing.
The Neo is that bigger device if you want to replace a tablet or a Do more intensive things on the go than you necessarily would with, say, an iPad.
The Duo, it's kind of almost a bridge in between the future of foldables and what we have from traditional phones right now.
People who are kind of interested in having that bigger experience with the displays but are scared of some of the tradeoffs you get with a foldable They'll be looking at the Duo.
So for Microsoft, this is really the future.
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