Patent reveals more about Surface Neo with Windows 10 X

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At its Surface event in New York on October 2, Microsoft
unveiled Surface Pro 7, Surface Pro X, Surface Neo and
Surface Duo. The Surface Neo will feature a next-gen
Lakefield CPU and it could hit store shelves in select markets
from the December 2020.

With Surface Neo, Microsoft is looking to create a new category
of Windows devices and a new vision for mobile productivity.
Unlike Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, Surface Neo
prototype features two opposing screens that can fold on a
hinge and it can be used in multiple postures.

Spotted by us, a Microsoft patent
application proposes a new emulation technology that could
improve the quality of apps being developed for Surface Neo.

The patent application titled ‘EMULATED MULTI-SCREEN DISPLAY
DEVICE’ was filed by Microsoft in June 2018 and published by
USPTO on December 19 2019.

Surface Neo emulator
Image Courtesy: USPTO / Microsoft

App developers use ’emulators’ to test their application before
shipping it out to consumers. The current emulators may
incorrectly display apps for a dual-screen device like Surface
Neo and the patent proposes different methods to address these
challenges.

The patent application describes emulator programs which can
render a three-dimensional graphical representation of a
dual-screen device including the first and second screen or
even third screen.

Surface Neo patent
Image Courtesy: USPTO / Microsoft

The patent filing further revealed that dual-screen devices may
come with ‘structural support’ for senors such as
accelerometers. The sensor area includes forward-facing cameras
and as well as RGB cameras.

Additionally, Microsoft says hardware makers can include at
least one ambient light sensor and one depth camera on the
front side of the device.

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