Intel is retiring Microsoft Surface Neo’s Lakefield processor

Surface Neo Lakefield retired

The Intel Lakefield lineup, the last-gen flagship processor for
dual-screen PCs and notebooks, has now officially been
discontinued, along with other desktop and laptop processors.
However, Intel’s Lakefield-powered PCs aren’t going to
disappear overnight, and will still be available for a while
yet.

Surface Neo, the flashiest PC that Microsoft unveiled at its
October 2019 event, will now have to run on a new processor if
it ever ships. Earlier today, Intel confirmed that
it is retiring the Lakefield series, 10th Gen Core Comet Lake-U
series, as well as the 10th-gen Ice Lake-U.

Intel’s latest move is significant. That’s because Surface Neo
was also supposed to ship with a Lakefield series
chip. Surface Neo was briefly presented in 2019 with a
Lakefield processor and nobody ever got the chance to take it
home, but the device
prototype recently appeared in leaked images.

At that time, Microsoft’s Panos Panay said that Lakefield was
specifically designed for dual-screen systems like Surface Neo.
For Surface Neo and other dual-screen PCs, Intel reduced the
silicon footprint and Surface Neo ran on a circuit board in
half the usual size, which allowed the company to make the
dual-screen device thinner.

With the Lakefield chip, Intel promised both performance and
low power usage in innovative ultra-mobile and ultra-light form
factors, especially devices with dual displays or foldable
displays. It was also designed for extremely thin laptops that
need both performance and low power consumption.

Lakefield was Intel’s first hybrid CPU and only two products
(Lenovo X1 Fold and Galaxy Book S) were released with this
processor. In fact, Intel has only released two SKUs of
Lakefield.

Additionally, Intel is also retiring its 10th Gen Core Comet
Lake-U and 10th Gen Core Ice Lake-U processors.

Surface Neo and its future

Surface Neo was originally supposed to be part of Microsoft’s
dual-screen devices lineup when it was announced alongside the
Surface Duo in 2019. While the Surface Duo started shipping in
2020, Surface Neo mysteriously disappeared and it’s possible
that the original device has been killed off.

Surface Neo

In addition to Intel’s Lakefield processor, Windows 10X, an
operating system built with dual-screen devices in mind, has
also been cancelled.
Windows 10X has been cancelled, but its technologies were
reinvented for Windows 11 and Microsoft is now planning to use
Windows 10X technology for single-screen touchscreen devices
first.

At this point, Windows 11 with Windows 10X features is
theoretically expected to launch in late 2021 or early
2022, but on the other hand, we don’t know if Microsoft is
still planning to launch a new Surface Neo in the next six
months.

In fact,
Microsoft has already removed the Surface Neo product page
and promotional videos from its website and YouTube channel.

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