What Is the Microsoft Surface Neo?

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There’s been a lot of hubbub about the Microsoft Surface Neo, and for good reason. Recently, Microsoft revealed plans for a new kind of portable device that redefines portable computing.

So, what is the Microsoft Surface Neo, and why are people talking about it?

What Is the Surface Neo?

In short, the Surface Neo is a “dual-screen laptop.” It achieves duality by turning what is traditionally the keyboard part of the laptop into a second screen. The end result looks like two tablets attached to one another.


The hinge on the Surface Neo allows for a lot of different positions. You can open and close it like a regular laptop, hold it open like a book, and even put the screens back to back.

This is all well and good, but the keyboard part of a traditional laptop is important for typing! Thankfully, the Surface Neo doesn’t force the user to use a software keyboard. It comes with a Bluetooth keyboard that magnetically sticks onto the unit.

The Bluetooth keyboard can be used on its own, but you can also stick it on one of the screens on the Surface Neo. The device will detect this and turn that screen into a keyboard-dedicated display. This means displaying the “WonderBar,” which includes some emojis you can select from.

The Surface Neo runs a special version of Windows 10,called Windows 10X. Compared to the desktop version of Windows 10, it’s not a great deal different; after all, 10X’s primary function is to understand and adapt to the unique layout of the Surface Neo.

What’s the Release Plan?

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, Microsoft hasn’t revealed how much the Surface Neo will be, let alone the date it will be released. The release video hints that the Surface Neo will release during “holiday 2020,” but like all things in the tech world, it’s prone to delays and slips.

Is this Technology New?

While the idea of having two screens attached to a hinge is relatively new to the computer world, its design is based on existing technology. For instance, you can currently buy a 2-in-1 laptop or “transformer laptop,” which is somewhat similar to a Surface Neo.

Surface Neo Transformer

While 2-in-1s don’t use two screens, they do have the main tablet screen and a detachable keyboard. The idea behind these devices is that you can combine the two and use it as a laptop, then split them apart and use the screen as a standalone tablet.

It’s not quite as impressive as a two-screen device with a magnetic Bluetooth keyboard, but it is a nice alternative for someone who wants a good balance between leisure and productivity.

Skimming the Surface

Microsoft is looking to revolutionize portable computing with the Surface Neo. While we don’t know the fine details just yet, we do know that it’s a dual-screen laptop with an attachable Bluetooth keyboard. Its flexibility and adaptability show good potential for being a handy mobile note-taker and media center.

Do you think the Surface Neo will be revolutionary? Let us know below!

Simon Batt
Simon Batt

Simon Batt is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for cybersecurity.

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