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Microsoft showcases an Android Surface ‘phone’ and dual-screen Windows PC

Microsoft showcases an Android Surface ‘phone’ and dual-screen Windows PC

CLOSEAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideNEW YORK – Microsoft is coming out with a “phone” based on Google’s Android operating system. And a dual-screen mobile Windows PC, to boot.But what look to be innovative, if unproved, products won’t be released until holiday 2020. And at a New York City showcase where Microsoft unveiled its latest Surface PC lineup, the Surface Duo – that’s the Android phone/communicator – and the Surface Neo – that’s the computer – were roped off and kept at a safe distance from the media, as if Microsoft was showing off the Mona Lisa.We’re a long way from determining whether Microsoft will eventually deliver masterpieces with these unfinished and not-yet-priced prototypes, but the company appears bent on reshaping what you think about Windows and the company’s hardware and the buzz in the room was largely positive. And it wanted to showcase the new products early to get developers busy designing for the new hardware.The Neo is a modular machine with two Gorilla Glass-protected 9-inch screens that run on what Microsoft is referring to as an “expressive” version of Windows 10 known as Windows 10 X, which apparently supports Microsoft Office and other Windows-compatible software. “There’s truly nothing else like this out there, nothing,” said Microsoft chief product manager Panos Panay on stage.But expect other PC makers to take advantage of Windows 10 X for their own hardware, which you should think of a version of the operating system that is optimized for two screens.Microsoft’s Surface Neo, coming in 2020, with two Gorilla Glass-protected 9-inch screens can run the same app on both screens, or different apps on each. (Photo: Microsoft)Techtober: Your guide to new releases from Amazon, GoPro, Facebook and moreYou can run the same app on both screens, or different apps on each. There is a clear hinge where the two screens fold. We would have had to get up close and start playing with the computer to see if this proved to be a distraction.And you can magnetically attach a keyboard – it’s not clear at this point whether this will be included or an option. When you fold the keyboard out onto one of the displays, it still leaves some extra real estate called the “Wonder bar” for icons or to use as as a trackpad or inking surface. And if you need to use the keyboard while binging on a Netflix show, Microsoft demonstrated how you can easily move that content to the second screen. Panay actually seemed reluctant to call Surface Duo a phone. He prefers to call it, well, a Surface.Microsoft’s Surface Duo is an Android-based communication device, in development for next year, has two 5.6-inch displays and measures 8.3-inches. (Photo: Microsoft)But from a distance anyway, it sure looks like a phone, maybe even a bit like Microsoft’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Fold that recently went on sale in the U.S. Only the rotating 5.6-inch displays on this two-in-one device do not fold like Samsung’s handset – instead, the device folds using a hinge. In its unfolded position, the Duo measures 8.3 inches.Whatever Microsoft wants to call it, Surface Duo can make calls, and in partnering with Google, the device runs all your Android apps.As with the Neo, you can run different apps on each of the two screens, or the same app across both screens.Microsoft has a long history with phones or phone-like devices, dating back to Windows CE devices, Pocket PCs and what became Windows Mobile and Windows Phone. But the company under CEO Satya Nadella eventually surrendered to Apple and Google/Android.While you’ll have to wait more than a year for both Surface Neo and Surface Duo, Microsoft didn’t abandon the core Surface customer looking for new devices in the meantime. The company introduced the latest version of the Surface PC laptop, known as Surface Laptop 3. It starts at $999 for the 13-inch model and $1,199 for the brand new 15-inch version.The Surface Laptop 3, due out Oct. 22, starts at $999 for the 13-inch model and $1,199 for the brand new 15-inch version. (Photo: Microsoft)Microsoft also updated its pen-based Surface Pro with the Surface Pro 7. It starts at $749. The company starts taking preorders today; the computers will be available Oct. 22.Microsoft also unveiled a new 2-in-1 called Surface Pro X, billed as the company’s thinnest Surface yet, with an edge-to-edge 13-inch display. Starting at $999 and available Nov. 5, the computer is powered by an ARM processor and supports LTE. Microsoft claims you can juice it up to 80% by plugging it in for less than an hour. It’s compatible with a Surface Pen and has 2 USB-C ports. Microsoft also unveiled something for your ears in the form of wireless Surface Earbuds, a would-be Apple AirPods rival. Through tapping, swiping or using your voice, you can summon Spotify (playing on the Android phone in your pocket), manage your Outlook calendar and even dictate live captions into a PowerPoint presentation, and Microsoft is claiming 24-hour battery life. They’ll be out soon and sold at $249.Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait much longer for what is potentially the coolest stuff coming from Microsoft.Email: [email protected]; Follow @edbaig on TwitterRead or Share this story:
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