Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Analyst claims a foldable Microsoft Surface is planned for 2020

Foldable devices have had, to put it kindly, a difficult start in life. But that hasn’t put Microsoft off its plans for a foldable Surface, according to one analyst.

The Associate Director of Consumer Electronics at IHS Markit, Jeff Lin, has told Forbes that Microsoft is planning its foldable Surface tablet in the first half of 2020 – maybe the first quarter if everything lines up particularly well.  

Related: Best tablet

The device will apparently have two 9-inch screens that connect to each other, forming a 4:3 aspect ratio. The device will reportedly run Windows Core OS (WCOS), but a version modified to cope with the added complexity of dual-screen apps.

The rumoured Surface will run Intel’s 10nm Lakefield chipset, and some kind of cellular support is extremely likely, given the nature of the device. This could be the standard 4G that we’re very familiar with, although it’s possible it could also be a 5G device.

Related: Best laptops

But the most interesting thing in the report is that Microsoft is reportedly planning to offer support for Android apps – a common request for Windows tablet users. Why now? Well, the dearth of dual-screen supporting Windows apps is something that could be mitigated by opening the door to Android support. Apple’s iCloud service would also apparently be supported.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumours about Microsoft’s dual-screen device, codenamed Project Centaurus, but it does provide plenty more details to get our teeth into. Whether these rumours are ultimately borne out remains to be seen – it’s still a long way away, and even if they’re correct now, things can change in a flash. But it’s still something to look forward to for Surface fans.

Does a dual-screen Surface appeal to you? Let us know what you think on Twitter: @TrustedReviews.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2003, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.

Trusted Reviews Logo

Sign up to our newsletter

Get the best of Trusted Reviews delivered right to your inbox.

This is a test error message with some extra words