10 September, $1,399 After months of teasing the faithful with smug pics of its latest blower in the hands of various veeps, Microsoft whipped the covers off the Surface Duo and confirmed the date and price of the folding fancyphone.…
Microsoft today announced something of a surprise during an event this morning in New York City: A new foldable Surface Neo counterpart with phone functionality.It’s called the Surface Duo, and it runs Android instead of Windows.The outer shell of the Surface Duo is rounded, much like that of the Surface Neo.Inside is a front-facing camera and dual 5.6-inch displays (8 inches when unfolded) of an as-yet-unknown resolution attached by a 360-degree hinge, and around back and under the hood is a Surface logo etched in glass and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 system-on-chip, respectively.You won’t find a rear-facing camera, though.On the software side, the Duo has full access to the Google Play Store and sports a custom skin aligned with the recently announced Windows 10X‘s aesthetic.
But Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer, doesn’t want you to call it a phone.Never mind that the thing slips in and out of the pocket of Panay’s salt-and-pepper tweed blazer exactly the way a smartphone would.Or that one of the earliest scenes in the marketing video for the thing, with its slow, fetishized swirls of the gadget, shows a woman picking it up to her ear and saying “Hello?” the way you would with, well, you know.Or that Panay himself admits he makes what are universally known as a “phone calls” from it.Never mind that it doesn't run Windows but Android, the most widely-used smartphone operating system in the world.When you ask Panay what this thing is, this device with a seam and two side-by-side screens that fold closed like a soft Moleskin notebook, he immediately says, “It’s a Surface.” The company’s chief executive, Satya Nadella, underscores this distinction, saying Microsoft is not entering an existing device category; instead, it’s trying to create a new one.
Microsoft revealed a new expression of Windows 10 at today’s Surface event, called Windows 10X.This new version of Windows is optimized to work with dual-screen devices, such as the Surfaces Neo and Duo, also announced at the same event.Windows 10X was introduced in tandem with the new Surface Neo, Microsoft’s dual-screen device, and presumably it’ll also work with the Surface Duo phone, also revealed at the event.According to Microsoft, it allows all apps to make the best of both screens, or, as they put it, “to fuel a new era of productivity and creativity across two screens.”Applications can be “spanned” across two screens, optimizing the layout so that it’ll work on both.It’ll also reflow the layout depending on your screen orientation.
With its newest Surface devices unveiled at its Surface event in New York Wednesday, Microsoft has returned to the Arm chip family for power-sipping laptops.The event also saw the launch of the Surface Neo dual-screen tablet and Surface Duo dual-screen Android phone, and Windows 10 X software for dual-screen devices.More conventional new products included the Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 7 tablets, and the kooky Surface Earbuds.Microsoft surged to financial success more than two decades ago with the power of the "Wintel duopoly," the combination of its Windows software and Intel's processors.But Microsoft is now trying to bring Windows to the Arm family of chips, which are already built by companies like Qualcomm, Apple and Samsung and used in every smartphone."We wanted to push the boundaries, to create a product that's the perfect intersection of mobility, productivity and speed," said Panos Panay, chief product officer at Microsoft.
Last year Microsoft released a pair of Surface noise-canceling headphones.This year it's jumping on the true wireless bandwagon with its new cord-free Surface Earbuds.While we're awaiting more info and a full list of specs, what we do know is that they'll be released in time for the holidays and cost $249.At its Surface Event in New York on Wednesday, the company touted the Surface Earbuds' comfortable fit, tap-and-swipe controls that allow you to access Spotify playlists without touching your phone (for Android users) and on-the-fly translation capabilities, with support for 60 languages.The event also saw the launch of the Surface Duo dual-screen Android phone, Surface Neo dual-screen tablet and Windows 10 X software for dual-screen devices.More conventional new products included the Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 7 tablets and the SQ1 custom Arm chip.
Microsoft had one last surprise at its Surface event: a foldable Surface Duo phone that runs Android.The design of the device resembles Microsoft’s just-announced dual-screen Surface Neo laptop, but on a smaller, pocketable scale.The allows the two screens to rotate 360-degrees, allowing it to be fully opened as a miniature tablet.Check out our Microsoft Surface event live blog for the latest updates!Command Line delivers daily updates from the near-future.
At Microsoft’s 2019 event in NYC, the company unveiled its next generation of Surface devices coming in 2020, including the dual-screen Surface Neo tablet.But they had one more surprise: the Microsoft Surface Duo, a smaller device that seems to be for all intents and purposes a new Microsoft foldable phone.And it's coming Holiday 2020.This is the first we've heard of the product, so details are still rolling in.Whereas the Surface Neo is a larger tablet-sized device, the Duo is intentionally handheld, with two 5.6-inch displays split by a very visible seam.In that sense, it isn't quite the seamless experience as the Huawei Mate X or the just-launched Samsung Galaxy Fold - but with glass screens, the Surface Duo might avoid the ways the Galaxy Fold's plastic display is still breaking, even after refinements.
Microsoft announced a bunch of stuff at its event including a dual-screen device running new Windows 10X, the Surface earbuds, and the Surface laptop 3.And then, out of nowhere, it hit us with a dual-screen device that runs Android.Mircosoft‘s new Surface Duo is a dual-screen device running the Android operating system.Today we shared where Surface and Microsoft are…and where we're going.I hope you liked the products.We can't wait to see what you do with them MicrosoftEvent SurfacePro7 SurfaceLaptop3 SurfaceEarbuds SurfaceNeo SurfaceDuo pic.twitter.com/UIoW8SDPNN
If you thought Microsoft would never release an Android-based device, well, get ready to eat your words.The company just launched the Microsoft Surface Duo, a somewhat-pocket-sized foldable device that is based on Android.Microsoft made it clear at the launch that it doesn’t want to refer to the Surface Duo as a “phone,” although it does do everything you would expect an Android smartphone to do.That includes making calls, sending text messages, and installing any of the millions of apps from the Google Play Store.However, the device looks more like a cute little clamshell laptop than it does something like the Samsung Galaxy Fold.In fact, even in its folded state, the Microsoft Surface Duo looks to be too big to even fit in your pocket.
No, that is not the just-announced Surface Neo in Panos Panay’s hand.That’s the Surface Duo, the long-rumored Microsoft Surface phone.The tiny device will rely on Android for the majority of its work, like phone calls, video calls, and general web browsing.However, the Duo will be infused with Windows in some unspecified way, which means all the usual Microsoft apps like PowerPoint and Word should work.At the Surface event today Panay said he knows people want two screens and can be more productive, but “it has to be elegant.”Dual-screen Android phones are certainly trying to have a moment with devices like the Galaxy Fold, but Panay implied that the version of Android found on the Duo will be customised using Microsoft’s dual-screen know-how from the Neo.
A lot of its new devices were leaked before the official reveal, and as expected, Microsoft launched a whole suite of Microsoft Surface devices, spearheaded by the Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7.And, the Microsoft Surface Duo, which is finally another Microsoft-made phone.You're also getting a larger trackpad - 20% larger to be exact.The Surface Pro 7 wasn't graced with as many details as the Surface Laptop 3, but we do know that USB-C is finally here.Now, with the Surface Pen, you can make in-line edits in Microsoft Word, and Studio mics for the Surface Pro 7 make for better voice commands.That's about all we know right now as far as what the Surface Pro 7 can do, but we expect we'll know the hardware underneath the pretty exterior very soon, and we'll update this article as soon as we know more.
Along with today’s surprise reveal of the Android-based Microsoft Surface Duo device, Microsoft announced yet another Surface device that won’t be out until late 2020.It called the Microsoft Surface Neo, and it will be a full-sized tablet with two foldable displays connected by a 360-degree hinge.The Neo isn’t based on Android like the Duo is.The Surface lineup has always been marketed as Windows laptop alternatives rather than standalone tablets.The removable keyboard covers allow the tablets to function on their own, but the tablet is rarely pushed as a standalone device.The Microsoft Surface Neo, on the other hand, looks like it is going after the audience that loves Apple’s iPad and other pure tablet experiences.
Microsoft unveiled a bunch of new hardware at its event today.The dual-screened Surface Neo and Surface Duo were the biggest surprises, but those won’t be releasing until holiday 2020, which is over a year away.Frankly, there was a lot to keep up with, and you can easily catch up by watching our quick recap of the event above, or check out the major headlines right here.Most of the other Surface products that Microsoft announced onstage are available for preorder now, and will be shipping either by the end of October or in November.Whether you’re more interested in the Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3, or the Surface Pro X, we’ve pulled together a few links where you can reserve yours before it releases.It costs $999 for the base configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage; or you can get 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for $1,499.
While we knew Microsoft had a secret product in its locker to show off at today’s Surface hardware event, we were very well surprised by the company’s unveiling of the new dual-screen phone aptly named Surface Duo.Make no mistake, this is not a foldable and Microsoft doesn’t intend to compete with true foldables.Instead, the Surface Duo celebrates the double screen and gives users a lot of utility and freedom with it.The other great part about the Surface Duo is that it runs Android as it is made in collaboration with Google.Coming to a bit of specification, the Surface Duo is a very pocketable device that has two 5.6-inch displays that can rotate 360 degrees.There’s not really many specifics Microsoft shared about the device apart from showing that it runs a heavily skinned Android version and the use cases of the Microsoft Duo phone.
Aimed at creative professionals, it’s too expensive for a lot of everyday users to get their hands on, but the lack of high-end hardware makes it hard to justify for actual professionals willing to pay.Microsoft just had its October 2019 hardware event where it unveiled an entire lineup of futuristic hardware packed with the latest silicon – even some that didn't exist before.But, the Surface Studio 3 was still nowhere to be found.I understand that Microsoft has its Surface Studio lineup on a two-year upgrade cycle, and it will probably release the Surface Studio 3 in 2020, along with the Surface Duo (that I desperately want).But, the Surface Studio 2 was out of date as soon as it hit store shelves, so the people deserve one with up-to-date silicon.At the base level, Microsoft is charging you $3,499 (£3,549, AU$5,499) for this all-in-one PC.
Which narrative should we go with for this one?Microsoft did not say a lot about the Surface Duo during its big Surface press event.In this form factor, the Surface Duo looks like an extra-wide smartphone.Microsoft demoed all the usual configurations of a 360 hinge on a laptop: lay it out flat on a table in horizontal or landscape orientation, hold it like a book, use it like a mini-laptop, fold it over and use it like a normal, single-screen phone, or prop it up in a tent position for movie watching.The inside of the Duo is not particularly handsome.The bottom-screen typing demo is particularly painful to see: the person has to stretch their hands across the bezel on either side to reach the landscape keyboard.
Although Microsoft's new Surface phone won't be available for a year, the company's commitment to the dual-screen Android device -- nope, it's not a Windows phone -- comes at a time when interest in ultralarge screen phones is on the rise.Microsoft claims that it's building a brand-new category of devices, but that isn't exactly true.While this will be the first dual-screen phone that supports a digital pen -- the Surface Pen -- the Duo is far from the first of its kind.LG's G8X with Dual Screen, for example, offers a similar dual-screen solution with the aid of a case.But the doomed history of dual-screen phones stretches all the way back to 2011, when Samsung, LG and Kyocera all attempted to expand their phone screens' real estate with a second display.Will Microsoft be able to make a second screen cool?
“Newly implemented support for running Win32 applications in a container”Microsoft has (partially) unveiled a unique twist on its operating system that it has dubbed Windows 10X – designed to run on dual-screen devices.Potentially confusingly, it appears that this won’t be used on the new Android-powered Microsoft Surface Duo – a twin-screen smartphone the company unveiled today, which that features two 5.6-inch screens(Bloomberg has a good take on that and Microsoft’s unexpected dive back into the smartphone market – a move that’s drawn mixed reactions.)Instead, Windows 10X – set to land in 2020 – will run on Microsoft Surface laptops and devices from OEM partners ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo.“The first wave of devices will vary in size, design and specs, and be powered by Intel”, Microsoft said, in a consumer-focussed blog on the OS.
Today’s Surface event was quite the show, with Microsoft revealing a bunch of new devices.Some of these, such as the new Surface Laptop and the next Surface Pro, were expected reveals, while others like the Surface Duo came as more of a surprise.Regardless of the reveal, Microsoft had a flashy video to go along with each, and we’ve collected them all here for you to peruse.If you missed today’s show, consider this a quick refresher on everything that was revealed.Of course, these videos don’t go into depth about the products they center on, so we’ll be linking to our coverage of today’s event alongside them so you can get the complete picture.The video chooses to focus on the Surface Laptop 3’s larger trackpad, fast charging capabilities, 15-inch form factor, and modular design, among other things.