At the end of 2019, Microsoft surprised everyone by unveiling two rather special products: the Surface Duo , a two-screen smartphone that runs on Android, and the Surface Neo , a two-screen tablet that was supposed to use a new version of Windows called Windows 10X.
Microsoft had planned to release these two products this year. And these presentations had generated a lot of interest. But because of the pandemic, the firm had to revise its plans. The Surface Duo smartphone has already been released. However, when it comes to the Surface Neo tablet, there are a lot of uncertainties.
In May, Microsoft indeed announced a change of direction for Windows 10X. This Windows version was designed for dual screen tablets like the Surface Neo. But ultimately, the company decided to offer this operating system on conventional laptops, as a first step (without exclaunch on tablets, later).
“With Windows 10X, we designed for flexibility, and that flexibility has allowed us to focus on single-screen Windows 10X devices that harness the power of the cloud to help our customers embrace new ways of working, learning and playing. These single-screen devices will be the first expression of Windows 10X that we deliver to our customers, and we will continue to look for the right time, in collaboration with our OEM partners, to bring dual-screen devices to the market, ”the firm explained. of Redmond.
More and more clues suggest a abandonment of the Surface Neo tablet
At the moment, we do not know when Microsoft could launch the Surface Neo tablet. According to the TechRadar website, some sources suggest that the tablet may not arrive until 2022.
However, it is also possible that Microsoft has simply decided to abandonner this project. Indeed, to date, Microsoft would have removed the Surface Neo product page as well as publications that highlighted the tablet.
Note also that recently, Microsoft spoke about its tablet for two screens in a statement relayed by the Neowin site. “Earlier this year, we announced that we have paused development of the Surface Neo tablet. We don't have any new information to share at this time, ”the statement read.
But even if Microsoft abandons the Surface Neo tablet, it's likely that other brands will decide later. to resume this tablet format with two screens, while taking advantage of the advantages that Windows 10X can offer. Additionally, if the Surface Neo used two hinged displays, other brands could develop a similar product, but with a foldable display.