Windows 10X: Microsoft's New Windows OS for Dual-Screen PCs

In addition, the company was rumoured to launch a dual-screen Surface device, code-named Centaurus.

Microsoft jam-packed its NYC media event with an abundant supply of new hardware for the holidays and beyond.

The Surface Pro X will take up a spot on the top end of the Surface tablet lineup when it becomes available.

Preorders open Wednesday for an October 22 delivery; the 13-inch laptop will cost $999 while the 15-inch will cost $1,199.

Panos Panay did not share too many details about the hardware of the Surface phone he unveiled as a "one more thing" moment.

The Surface Pro X is an 13-inch tablet that ditches the Intel Corp. silicon Surface devices have used so far.

Microsoft also unveiled new Surface laptops and earbuds to hit the market in time for the year-end holiday shopping season this year.

Designed as the first Surface device to fit in your pocket, Microsoft's hybrid of Windows and Android will no doubt make the Surface Duo an enticing device for professionals or those looking to embrace the fold-up phone phenomenon. The Surface Duo is Microsoft's first Android phone, and it looks like a shrunken-down version of the Neo.

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The Duo has two 5.6-inch screens, and unfolds to 8.3 inches.

Surface Earbuds come backed by a one-year warranty. Surface Pro X is rated to offer 13 hours of battery life.

In terms of graphics, Microsoft's latest laptop comes with what it's calling an "AMD Ryzen Surface Edition" processor.

Microsoft's wireless earbuds are compatible with all platforms, and on Android Spotify integration allows you to use touch gestures to launch the app and start playing music. And since there's no room for a regular Surface Pen on the side, the Surface Pro X is joined by the Surface Slim Pen that slots (and charges) conveniently into the included type cover.

Surface Laptop 3 is available in black, silver, and gold.

Microsoft also announced a new Surface Neo laptop with a 360-degree hinge and two 9-inch screens so it can open like a book or like a laptop. The Neo, which is a tablet/laptop gadget, will run Windows 10X and Windows app. However, it's now perplexing as to why the platform as it existed didn't have the right ingredients for Microsoft.

Microsoft says that the Surface Pro X is available for preorder today and will go on sale next month priced from $999.

Microsoft has achieved strong growth from its cloud services and revenues from its Xbox gaming business, Bing search, Surface tablets and PCs, as well as the professional social network LinkedIn acquired in 2016.

  • Delia Davidson