The Microsoft hardware presentation took place in New York, where the company demonstrated new devices. The brief review of the good enough novelties.
One Smartphone, Two screens
One of the main innovations was the Surface Duo, the Android-based smartphone with two screens. This is the product of Microsoft and Google collaboration. The novelty is equipped with two displays that can turn at 360 degrees. The diagonal of both displays is 5.6 degrees - when you open the device, it turns into a small tablet with a total diagonal of 8.3 degrees.
Each display can run two different applications simultaneously, and when you turn on one of the screens, the device will display a keyboard or buttons to control games. The smartphone runs Android and is equipped with a custom launcher, resembling the Windows 10 X interface.
Surface Duo will be available in stores in early 2020. The price and other specifications were not reported.
Another worthwhile gadget was the folding tablet Surface Neo with Windows X inside. The screen is not flexible, but both panels are interactive. Those screens-tweens has a diagonal of 9 degrees with a 5.6 mm thickness and Gorilla Glass protective glass. The tablet can be folded in and out, as the hinge has the 360 degrees rotation. Surface Neo is powered by a dedicated version of the Intel Lakefield processor.
The tablet will go on sale on New Year's holidays, though the cost wasn't specified.
For the first time, Microsoft has shown wireless Surface Earbuds. These earbuds headset will come on sale in a case, along with the built-in battery to recharge. The company calls Surface Earbuds "the perfect gadget to work in the office" and promises they can work for 24 hours.
Key features include having a microphone for phone calls, noise cancellation, touch control, and integration with Spotify and Microsoft Office. For example, a headphone owner can open a streaming service without turning on the smartphone screen.
Customers can buy them this year for $249.
Tablet on Snapdragon ARM processor
The Surface Pro X is the company's first ARM-powered Snapdragon tablet. The device running Windows 10 has a reclining keyboard. The modified ARM system called the Surface S-1 was installed on tablet. The 13 degrees display and the body is only 5.3 mm thick.
Along with the Wi-Fi connection, Surface Pro X can connect to LTE with a SIM card slot. The Pro X tablet has the USB Type-C to attach external devices, including 4K monitors.
The pre-order of the Surface Pro X will be opened in the U.S. in early November for $999.