Microsoft shows off its dual-screen Surface Neo, coming in holiday 2020

Microsoft's dual-screen Windows 10 tablet, the Surface Neo, running Windows 10X, is in the works and coming next year.

Foldable future: How Microsoft hopes to define a new hardware category with Surface Neo and Duo ZDNet's Larry Dignan and TechRepublic's Bill Detwiler discuss why Microsoft's Windows-based Surface Neo and Android-based Surface Duo are just a glimpse at the dual-screen, foldable devices that will redefine the laptop, tablet, and phone markets. Read more: https://zd.net/2oEa5Zj

As rumored, Microsoft showed off its coming Surface dual-screen device during its Oct. 2 fall hardware event. The device, codenamed Centaurus, looks very similar to the Microsoft "Courier" device the company canceled over a decade ago. 

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Microsoft is showing off the device a year early to get developers on-board, according to hardware chief Panos Panay. The Surface Neo will run Windows 10X, a new "expression" of Windows 10 that is designed for dual-screen and foldable devices. 

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Surface Neo is Intel 11th generation processor (Lakefield) based, weighs 1.44 pounds, and supports a magnetically connected type keyboard that folds back. The device makes use of "the thinnest LCD ever created," Panay said. 

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Microsoft is positioning Neo as being a new category. Officials want it to be seen as a device that blurs work and life usages. Different types of content can be displayed on each screen and content also can span across the two screens.