The Microsoft Floor Neo prototype.
Like a conventional two-in-one laptop computer, the Neo can flip and fold into completely different use modes.
It additionally folds utterly closed like a guide.
The magnetic keyboard can sit on one of many shows or in entrance of the gadget.
The “surprise bar” exhibits numerous enter choices like emojis, photographs, and extra.
It has two 9-inch shows and helps keyboard, pen, and mouse enter.
Microsoft developed a particular model of Home windows, referred to as Home windows 10X, for dual-screen units.
Home windows 10X ought to make interactions with each shows extra seamless and intuitive.
At present at an occasion in New York, Microsoft introduced a bunch of recent Floor units, together with a brand new dual-screen PC—however you will not get your fingers on it till subsequent yr. The brand new Microsoft Floor Neo is a PC product of two 9-inch screens held collectively by a “360-degree” hinge and operating a brand new model of Home windows 10, dubbed Home windows 10X.
What gave the impression to be a prototype was proven on stage at the moment; the completed product will not be accessible till “subsequent vacation.” Microsoft did not give away too many particulars in regards to the gadget, however you may get the gist by studying the few specs listed above. Two 9-inch shows open up like a guide because of the hinge that holds them collectively.
Microsoft’s Panos Panay boasted the hinge’s design, which incorporates micro-gears, a torque system, and parts thinner than strands of hair. It primarily makes the gadget a tiny two-in-one, flexing into laptop computer, pill, and different use modes. The gadget is 5.6mm thick and weighs simply 655 grams. In some ways, it appears to be like just like Lenovo’s Yoga E-book, however with two LCD panels as a substitute of a hybrid LCD and E-Ink pairing.
A brand new Floor to like. Meet the brand new Floor Neo. #MicrosoftEvent @panos_panay pic.twitter.com/Zg77ZGjai3
— Microsoft Floor (@floor) October 2, 2019
A Bluetooth keyboard magnetically attaches to the Neo, both on high of one of many screens or separated solely. The keyboard does not totally cowl the display when it is sitting on high of it, so the uncovered show area can nonetheless be used. Microsoft referred to as this area the “surprise bar,” and it modifications relying on the place the keyboard is positioned. If the keyboard sits on the underside fringe of the show (nearer to the person), the remainder of the show exhibits apps, quick-access instruments, and extra. When the keyboard sits alongside the highest edge, the show turns partially right into a trackpad. The Neo additionally helps inking and can be utilized with Microsoft’s new Floor Pen.
The Floor Neo runs Home windows 10X, an working system Microsoft designed particularly for dual-screen units. The temporary on-stage demo exhibits that it appears to be like like a hybrid of normal desktop- and tablet-Home windows 10 with added controls and automations for dual-screen use. One facet of the Neo confirmed a menu display with just lately used apps and applications, and tapping on one opened the app on the alternative display. Customers can select to run two apps directly, one on both display, or “span” the app throughout each screens.
Contained in the Floor Neo is a brand new Intel chipset, referred to as Lakefield, that Microsoft describes as a hybrid CPU with an 11th-gen graphics engine particularly designed for dual-screen units. Intel designed this chipset with a decreased silicone footprint, which is without doubt one of the causes the Neo is so skinny.
However these are all the main points we bought in regards to the internals of the Neo (and for the Neo total), and we doubtless will not study extra till nearer to its launch date. Microsoft says the Floor Neo shall be accessible for the 2020 vacation season.
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