Microsoft has been working on a secret new dual-screen Surface gadget for months. While the corporate is experimenting with smaller pocketable devices, it seems like Microsoft is deciding on a slightly bigger Surface device that might enter in early 2020. IHS Markit, a market analysis firm, now claims that Microsoft’s dual-display screen Surface will have two 9-inch screens with a 4:3 ratio. Citing supply chain information, IHS Markit said that the system could be due in the Q1 or first half of 2020.
The system, codenamed Centaurus, will also reportedly run Android apps as part of Microsoft’s new Windows Core OS (WCOS) operating system. Microsoft has been creating WCOS as the underpinnings for a more light-weight model of Windows. This new OS will power dual-screen units and Chromebook competitors. “Windows Lite,” as it’s codenamed internally, is a more stripped-down model of Windows that’s initially being prioritized for dual-screen units like Centaurus.
An Android apps addition would be a surprise move from Microsoft, mainly if it also ruins the company’s Universal Windows Platform. Microsoft will need to create its Android app store and persuade developers to change their apps to work without Google Play Services. Huawei is in a similar position, and creating an alternative Android app store hasn’t been profitable for phone makers, let alone laptop makers.
IHS Markit further believes Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface system will use Intel’s newest 10nm processors, with LTE or 5G connectivity. Intel has been pushing OEMs to create dual-screen hardware, and units could seem much like Microsoft’s Courier thought dual-screen laptops and even foldable displays in the coming days.