Earlier this month, Microsoft detailed its Surface devices for 2020, the Surface Neo and Surface Duo. Both are a fruition of Redmond’s development of folding screen tech, while the Duo signals Microsoft’s return to the smartphone market.
Despite showing prototypes of the hardware but kept details to a minimum. We do know the Surface Neo will run Windows 10X, a new SKU that is also known as Windows 10 Core OS (WCOS). As for the Surface Duo, it was more surprising as Microsoft confirmed it is an Android device.
Elsewhere, the Duo boasts a pair of 5.6-inch screens that can be opened to 8.3-inches combined. Aside from that, information on the devices has been limited.
At an event in Berlin, Surface chief Panos Panay (who introduced the Duo and Neo a couple of weeks ago), offered some more information on the hardware. Without going into specifics, Panay promised both the Duo and Neo will have a “good camera” and neither will have a 5G variant at launch.
While the smartphone will run Android, we expect Microsoft wants to deeply integrate its own services into the experience. During the last week, we have seen how this may include support for UWP apps while the handset will also provide a perfect base for Project xCloud.
Furthermore, a Microsoft patent that aims to solve unwanted screen re-orientation. Smartphones will often switch between landscape and portrait with the slightest screen tilt unless the setting is turned off.