Microsoft Surface Shock As ‘All-New’ Surface Duo Revealed

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One of the advantages of Microsoft announcing the twin-screened Surface Duo and Surface Neo devices in October 2019 was that the occasional leaked image or specification would not be the story. Instead they would add to a story that Microsoft has started telling. Ahead of the expected Q4 2020 retail release, each new piece of information already has a foundation to be placed on.

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Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer Panos Panay holds a Surface Duo at an event, Wednesday, Oct. 2, … [+] 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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So it goes with the latest images of the Android-powered Surface Duo. A series of subtle camera snaps shows the Surface Duo in the wild, specifically the Sky Train in Vancouver. And it’s a new device, with improvements over the Surface Duo shown to the press last year.

The device is open, showing the launcher and home screen in the left hand screen, with a text document on the right. It then moves to portrait mode to see the full text document.

It is then closed with the screens on the outside so the user can play a game in landscape mode, before switching back to the text document in landscape mode in the single screen. A forward facing camera above the screen can also be spotted.

As the device is then closed to be put the screens inside the hinge, the Microsoft logo is loving stroked and polished, before the video ends.

Youtuber’ Israel Rodriguez has compiled the pictures and video on YouTube:

Given the reveal of the Duo in October saw Microsoft’s Panos Panay demonstrating the software (albeit with a very limited set of applications and interactions – which is what you would expect from an early unit), it does not surprise me that Microsoft will have a number of units available to employees. Obviously those working on the Windows 10X software for dual-screened devices need test devices, but user data will be gathered from other Microsoft employees using the devices as their day to day drivers.

The simplest answer is that this is one of the ‘dog food’ devices being used by a staff member (or perhaps a very well trusted third-party developer).

No matter who it is, it only remains for me to thank the mysterious owner of this unreleased device for showing off all the key aspects of the Surface Duo and reminding us it is a Microsoft device at the end.

Now read more about the Surface family in my interview with Panos Panay…

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One of the advantages of Microsoft announcing the twin-screened Surface Duo and Surface Neo devices in October 2019 was that the occasional leaked image or specification would not be the story. Instead they would add to a story that Microsoft has started telling. Ahead of the expected Q4 2020 retail release, each new piece of information already has a foundation to be placed on.

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Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer Panos Panay holds a Surface Duo at an event, Wednesday, Oct. 2, … [+] 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

ASSOCIATED PRESS

So it goes with the latest images of the Android-powered Surface Duo. A series of subtle camera snaps shows the Surface Duo in the wild, specifically the Sky Train in Vancouver. And it’s a new device, with improvements over the Surface Duo shown to the press last year.

The device is open, showing the launcher and home screen in the left hand screen, with a text document on the right. It then moves to portrait mode to see the full text document.

It is then closed with the screens on the outside so the user can play a game in landscape mode, before switching back to the text document in landscape mode in the single screen. A forward facing camera above the screen can also be spotted.

As the device is then closed to be put the screens inside the hinge, the Microsoft logo is loving stroked and polished, before the video ends.

Youtuber’ Israel Rodriguez has compiled the pictures and video on YouTube:

Given the reveal of the Duo in October saw Microsoft’s Panos Panay demonstrating the software (albeit with a very limited set of applications and interactions – which is what you would expect from an early unit), it does not surprise me that Microsoft will have a number of units available to employees. Obviously those working on the Windows 10X software for dual-screened devices need test devices, but user data will be gathered from other Microsoft employees using the devices as their day to day drivers.

The simplest answer is that this is one of the ‘dog food’ devices being used by a staff member (or perhaps a very well trusted third-party developer).

No matter who it is, it only remains for me to thank the mysterious owner of this unreleased device for showing off all the key aspects of the Surface Duo and reminding us it is a Microsoft device at the end.

Now read more about the Surface family in my interview with Panos Panay…

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