At the end of 2019, Microsoft surprised everyone with two special products: the Surface Duo, a smartphone with two screens that runs on Android, and the Surface Neo, a tablet with two screens that was supposed to use a new version of Windows called Windows. 10X.
Microsoft had planned to market these two products this year. And these presentations aroused great interest. Because of the pandemic, the company had to revise its plans. The Surface Duo smartphone has already been released. However, there are many uncertainties about the Surface Neo Tablet.
In May, Microsoft announced a change of direction for Windows 10X. This version of Windows was developed for dual-screen tablets such as the Surface Neo. Ultimately, the company decided to offer this operating system as a first step on traditional laptops (without excluding the launch on tablets later).
“With Windows 10X we have created flexibility. This flexibility has allowed us to focus on single-screen Windows 10X devices that harness the power of the cloud to help our customers develop new ways of working, learning and playing. . These one-screen devices will be the first printout of Windows 10X we deliver to our customers and we will continue to work with our OEM partners to find the right time to bring two-screen devices to market. “explained the Redmond company.
There is growing evidence to suggest that the Surface Neo tablet has been abandoned
Right now, we don’t know when Microsoft might launch the Surface Neo tablet. According to the TechRadar website, some sources suggest the tablet may not arrive until 2022.
However, it is also possible that Microsoft simply decided to cancel this project. Previously, Microsoft would have removed the Surface Neo product page as well as publications highlighting the tablet.
Also note that Microsoft recently spoke about its dual-screen tablet in a statement posted by the Neowin website. “At the beginning of this year we announced that we had suspended development of the Surface Neo. We currently have no new information to share. “we can read in this statement.
But even if Microsoft ditched the Surface Neo tablet, other brands will likely later choose to revisit this dual-screen tablet format while taking advantage of Windows 10X. If the Surface Neo uses two pivoting displays on a hinge, other brands could develop a similar product, but with a foldable display.