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Microsoft Confirms the Surface Neo Has Not Been Cancelled

“Neo is delayed” says Microsoft’s Panos Panay, suggesting the Surface Neo Windows 10X device will ship eventually.


The starts shipping today in the United States as 's first smartphone hardware in years… and on Android to boot. However, there's a part of the narrative missing because back last year the Duo had a sibling, the . Microsoft now insists customers will one day get their hands on the Neo, just not yet.

During a Surface Event during October last year, Microsoft introduced the Surface Duo and Surface Neo. The Duo is an Android smartphone, while the Neo is a tablet-come-laptop. While the underpinning of both devices is different, the hardware is mostly similar, aside from size.

At the time, Microsoft said the Neo and Duo would launch together. Since then, Redmond took a decision to postpone the release of the Surface Neo. Microsoft's reasoning centered on wanting to put the focus of the soon-to-launch Windows 10X on single screen devices. Moreover, the company argued a new form factor is hardly something COVID-19 embattled customers want right now.

Either way, the Neo was put on the back burner. Of course, postponing a device can often mean it has been outright cancelled. So, was Microsoft being truthful about a future launch of the Neo, or was the company using marketing speak to essentially kill off the device?

Just Delayed

Well, in an interview with the Verge, Microsoft product and services chief says the Neo will arrive at some point.

“Neo is delayed,” said Panay. “I wanted the right time to bring that product with the right experience. We believe in that concept and form factor and size. It will be a beautiful complement to Duo with Windows and I'm excited about it. It's a product that's near and dear to my heart.”

Panay is doing the press rounds promoting the Surface Duo, but it's good to know Microsoft does have long term plans for the Neo.

“The next natural evolution is different [dual-screen] sizes,” Panay continued. “Whether the larger moves into Windows where it's appropriate to use the Windows codebase and software, and the smaller form factor uses Android, I think you can safely say that's the right path with what we're doing right now as a team.”

SourceThe Verge
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Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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