12 December 2019
At 2019 Surface Event, Microsoft started by launching usually expected hardware products including upgraded variants but it saved an unexpected announcement for the last. It is Microsoft's first dual-display device called Surface Neo which it says will be the beginning of a new product category within the Surface lineup.
The Surface Neo features two displays of 9-inches diagonally each and connected with the help of a hinge. It is a 360-degree hinge and will allow using the device at different angles aka "postures" as per one's need or preference. It can also be used like a mini-laptop as one of the displays will transform into a fully-fledged keyboard with touch input support. It is powered by an 11th Generation Intel Lakefield processor.
When opened, it will offer a full 13-inch display which is combined size of both displays. Microsoft says that the device features the thinnest LCD panel in its class that has ever been created. Other than the touch-based keyboard, it will offer compatibility with the official Surface Bluetooth case as well as Surface Pen but these will not come bundled. Both of these will be attachable to the device's back through magnets. The case can be folded out and place on the secondary display covering almost half of the display. The uncovered part then changes into a large trackpad and even send emojis using the same.
The Surface Neo will be running Windows 10 X, a tweaked Windows 10 version and specifically meant for dual-display devices. It looks like a lot cleaner with a redesigned Start menu and taskbar. It will allow users to run multiple apps including support for dedicating one display to one app. It means you can two have apps opened on two display for better multitasking. The good thing is that the placement of these apps will auto-adjust depending on what orientation you are using the device. Microsoft says that the Surface Neo will become available sometime during "next holiday" i.e. almost one year later.