At a hardware launch in New York on October 2, 2019, Microsoft announced a number of models, including the Surface Pro 7, Surface Pro X, Surface Neo, and Surface Duo. Surface Neo will use Intel’s next-generation Lakefield CPU, which is expected to open in a specific market in December 2020. Microsoft hopes to open up new device categories while looking to a new vision for mobile productivity.
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Unlike Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, the Surface Neo prototype features two relatively independent screens, combined with collapsible hinges, and supports multiple usage modes.
Recently, however, another microsoft patent filed in June 2018 was discovered, promising to improve the quality of the apps developed for Surface Neo.
The patent is entitled “Simulation of multi-screen display devices” and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released its details on December 19, 2019.
The current simulator may have an incorrect display on dual-screen devices such as Surface Neo, but the patent suggests a different approach.
Before delivering an application to a consumer, developers can test it through the new version of the simulator. It supports not only single-screen and dual-screen devices, but even the display of a third screen.
The patent document further states that dual-screen devices or sensors such as accelerometers provide “structural support” in sensor areas that include front-facing and RGB cameras.
In addition, Microsoft says hardware manufacturers are able to drop at least one ambient light sensor and depth-aware camera on the front of the device.