Surface Neo first look: Microsoft’s dual-screen prototype


– Back in 2009, all of the hype was around Microsoft’s super
secret dual-screen device that was codenamed Courier. Now, Courier never came to be, but 10 years later, it looks like Courier might be coming back to life in the form of a new
device called Surface Neo. (electronic music) Surface Neo is a part of
a bunch of new dual-screen and even foldable devices that are gonna be coming
at the end of 2020. And essentially, it puts two
nine-inch displays together inside what looks like
a Moleskine Journal. So the original Surface concept that launched now seven
years ago, the Surface RT, was turning a tablet into a laptop. And these new dual-screen
devices take that way further, with a smaller-package
device that kinda morphs into all these different modes. We got an early look at a
pre-production prototype here but I wasn’t allowed to interact
with the software freely, and I could only really touch a device that wasn’t powered on. But I did get to see its many modes. There’s a reading mode which
is basically like a book where the screens are
side-by-side together. And then, there’s a laptop mode and, yeah, that feels like a laptop too. You can slot it down, put
a hardware keyboard on top, or use the software
keyboard that’s included. And then there’s like presentation mode, or you can just flip
the whole screen around and just use it as a regular tablet. We’ve seen devices that
have done this in the past. We’ve seen it a lot with Windows 8. We saw it in Lenovo’s Yoga Book as well. The real key element
here is that Microsoft has stepped up the software game. And it’s running Windows
10X on these devices. So 10X isn’t a completely
new version of Windows or anything like that. It’s not like Windows RT from the past that restricted everything down and didn’t run your favorite apps. 10X will run everything, and it’s running on an Intel Processor inside these devices as well, so that means your
traditional desktop apps, everything will work. But the ones that will really
shine are gonna be the ones that highly optimize
these dual-screen devices. Now, Microsoft is obviously
working with Office and that’s gonna be one of the first ones. So you’ll have your slide
on the left, perhaps. And a slide deck on the right. But really, it’s gonna
take software developers to create apps that are
really highly optimized for these dual-display devices, to kind of make it make sense. So one of the really interesting ways that Microsoft is sort of
separating this Windows 10X from standard regular Windows 10 is something called the Wonder Bar. Now this is like a small
sort of touch panel, basically like Apple’s Touch Bar that appears above the keyboard, whether that’s software or hardware. And it’ll basically give
you access to things like emojis and GIFs
when you reply to emails. And you’ll even be able to take things like YouTube videos or Netflix videos and just sort of like pin
them above your keyboard. Other than that, it kind
of looks like Windows 10. The Start menu has changed though, it sort of basically is an app launcher, and it shows you all
your recently used apps, rather than the Live Tiles. You can snap apps side-by-side. It will intelligently open apps, like say you’re in your
mail, you click link, it’ll open a browser, but
it’ll be on the other display, so it won’t take over
what you’re looking at. Unlike other Surface devices, there’s no trackpad on the Neo’s keyboard. But you’ll be able to find
a trackpad on the display, either below or above where
you placed this keyboard. The keyboard can be stowed magnetically to the back of the Neo,
and it will flip into place and attach with magnets to the display. It looks like a neat party trick. The Surface Neo also includes Microsoft’s new Surface Slim Pen
that will be available on the Surface Pro X2. It attaches to the back
of the Neo and charges, and it’s a lot flatter
than current Surface Pens. So that’s kind of everything we know about these devices so far. But there’s so much we don’t know. Like, we don’t know the
specs, we don’t know pricing, we don’t even really
know exact availability. Microsoft’s essentially saying that these devices will
launch in holiday 2020, so we’re still a year out
from these being real. And it makes you wonder
why are they even showing and talking about these devices right now? And personally, I think they
probably don’t want these to leak, so they’re gonna announce it now and have their own story around it. And then, there’s the key thing of they need other hardware
vendors to create these too, and they need software developers to create the apps that run on this. So there’s a bunch of stuff
that they need to get going and out there in the public before these are even available
in like a year’s time. And above all else,
competition is really high. We’ve see Huawei, Samsung, and others, create these foldable phones that turn into tablets, and all right, Microsoft is doing something
slightly different, it’s doing tablets into laptops. But it’s still a bunch
of Android competition, and we don’t really know
where these foldable and dual-screen devices are gonna land. I am super excited about
dual-screen and foldable devices. And the Surface Neo hardware
is probably the sleekest of the bunch of dual-screen
devices that we’ve seen so far. But there’s one thing, and
that is software is king. Microsoft still has a year
left to perfect the software, and they need to convince app developers to really create these apps
to make this device shine. So if you’re an app developer, or you’re just super hyped
about these dual-screen and foldable devices, I wanna
know which one you prefer. A smartphone that turns into a tablet or a tablet that turns into a laptop? Drop a comment below, and let me know why.

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100 thoughts on “Surface Neo first look: Microsoft’s dual-screen prototype

  1. Honestly, I am not so confident with any hardware from Microsoft. For one, they are usually overpriced and offer awful specs.

  2. I like this but I want something just a teeny bit bigger AND no bezels inbetween screens. It's would be nice for it to be appear to be a full on tablet when the screen are folded out rather than 2 small screens next to each other. I hope this is a hit next year and we see slicker, faster and cheaper interations for Surface Neo 2, 3 etc

  3. But if they can do this, to a laptop/tablet why can't they just size down the screens and make a phone out of it?

  4. I remember a while back seeing leaks of something similar and thinking "wow what a terrible idea". However, after watching their presentation yesterday, I kind of feel like it's a brilliant idea and will work. As long as, like Tom mentions in the video, there's the software to back it up. Which I'm sure their will be, if the are going full throttle on this.

  5. I prefer the phone that turns into a tablet, but this device has its market, and I see a bunch of travelers and/or students using this device on a daily basis!

  6. I like both devices, and find them as force multipliers for creativity and productivity. To answer your polling question, I am most interested in the phone that turns into a tablet. The phone has everything and more to replace a journal/organizer.

  7. Smartphone to tablet. Portability is the main reason. Laptop is a 17" that works a desktop not moving around. Plan to replace my Lumia 950XL and need assurance apps like WhatsApp will work on Surface Neo with Windows 10 X OS as the deadline for end-of-support for WhatsApp is December 2019. Also would like the Surface Neo to go on using Continuum on my HP Z640/ 840 desktop with 27"spit monitors

  8. I would love my phone to be a tablet. I don't use my phone as a phone much. In fact I love my Fitbit smart watch because it lets me leave my phone across the living room without thinking I'll miss a call or txt from family, but spam calls I never see. Also I'd love to have a tablet but 10inch is too big for me, Kindle has the form factor but not the power and premium and I just can't get an apple mini because I'm just to Android. The duo (the phone one right?), It was PERFECT!!!!!!

  9. Sorry to say but the presenters hands seems to be shaking persistently(2:38 and 3:24) at some times in the video. Please do get well.

  10. The hardware division on Microsoft is making an amazing job lately.

    Almost all these late products are amazing!

  11. Does it have oled screens – Nope!
    Two 4 k camera .. Nope!
    I see no point to this product.. it’s nothing new.

  12. It's the X or Scarlett maneuver. Talk about it early, in some way. You are ahead of the leaks, and you get to set the stage for how it is talked about. It may not get you that WOW factor of "here is this new thing, it's out next week!" but long term that is less useful from the company's standpoint.

  13. Microsoft is on a roll lately, just really really impressive, love what I'm seeing from them. They are giving us the things we want and need, unfortunately not at the prices a lot of us can afford lol.

  14. I actually one both but I think I would spend on a Neo first. The Duo while nice is a bit of a question on the specs (camera, etc). The Neo will be a companion to the primary laptop; when you just need to read (eg magazine/e-books) or have something bigger than the phone to answer emails, etc. This is especially useful when you are catching a flight or on a plane.

  15. The major flaw of this new foldable tablet is there’s no way to use it on a table with a pen without having to ditch the second screen. So you end up with an atom Windows laptop of 2008 basically. If you want all the screen real estate you have to hold it.. and that creates a conflict.. when you really need to use all that screen real estate of 2 X 9” it’s mainly because of productivity reasons. Who is going to work on this thing for prolonged amount of time when you are obliged to hold it in your hand??

  16. All other foldable phones are useless but Microsoft duo and neo are too much useful in daily basis. I am excited for taking notes while watching online classes in surface neo..

  17. Will it be supporting calling as well as LTE network band, can we do all the work as on Android or is there something like android kinda stuff in this because surface duo had very thick bezels…..can anyone please reply me….about my query.

  18. Microsoft is killing it lately!
    The whole Surface Series is top in design and quality and i think they hit they nail with Neo and Duo.
    The way to go before screens are really perfected to be foldable…
    Thought about buying an Ipad with a Pen to have a creative tool on the go, but definetly waiting on the DUO as it seems to have way more possibilites

  19. Basically galaxy fold without a notch but a bot top bezel and down bezel and a bezel in the middel of the screen.

  20. I'm kinda scared for Windows on ARM if they plan to use Intel for this device. To maximize battery life it should have run on ARM

  21. Dealing with the DUO with one hand for commuters would be a problem. If you are unfolding the DUO why not just have a basic smart phone and get that amazing looking NEO?

  22. Cool, The Duo will have all of Androids apps at its disposal. But what does this mean for the Neo running Windows? Will it have the ability to run android apps?

  23. This is biggest joke in 2019.
    What is the point of foldable phone? It is the mobility of big screen !!
    And MS phone is just two small screen !!
    Are you kidding me?

  24. I rather a tablet that turns into a laptop. It fits more to my needs and lifestyle. I really liked this product. Let's wait to see the pricer $$$$

  25. End of 2020 I feel this will be old before it arrives. Those bezels look like they are out of 2016.

    I've been wanting a duel screen laptop and always wonder why we haven't made something close to it.

  26. As long as it has thunderbolt 3 and can support an egpu, this will be my go to device for everything that I want. Minimalist setup to rule them all!!

  27. i think Microsoft have not improved Windows Recovery Environment for so long

    can we get a web browser on Windows Recovery Environment, Microsoft?

    they need RE Network Manager instead of PE Network Manager in order to allow internet access and customize the network in these environments

  28. Does anyone happen to know if you will be able to download and install regular software to this thing? Or are they going down this road where its just apps again?

  29. Уважаемый, таки почему у вас так сильно тряслись руки ? Я не смог понять рассмотреть устройство в деталях!

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