Windows 10X is officially announced, comes in 2020

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The mysterious Windows 10X edition which was spotted yesterday is now officially revealed. Microsoft has revealed this new edition, and has shared its plans regarding its general availability and supported devices.

During the Surface event on October 2, 2019, Microsoft introduced a number of new devices, including Surface Neo and Surface Duo.

Surface Neo is Microsoft's very own foldable PC, which comes with a detachable keyboard, Surface Slim Pen inking. It will run Windows 10X. It will feature two 9” screens connected by a 360° hinge.

The Surface Duo device is yet another Microsoft's try to enter the smartphone market. Surface Duo is the dual-screen, foldable Android device.

The company describes Windows 10X as a special edition of the OS designed for dual-screen PCs.

Windows 10X includes some advancements in the core technology of Windows that optimize it for flexible postures and more mobile use. We needed to deliver battery life that could drive not just one, but two screens. We wanted the operating system to be able to manage the battery effect of our huge catalog of Windows apps, whether they were written in the last month or five years ago. And we wanted to deliver the hardware performance and compatibility our customers expect from Windows 10.

Windows 10X will be able to run legacy Win32 applications in a container.  Windows Containers isolate software from the host file system. All the file and registry changes required to run an application are packaged into Container Images. It is not clear yet if the Container technology for run Desktop apps will be using Windows Server (shared kernel) or Hyper-V VM containers but since client OSes like Windows 10 only have Hyper-V containers, it is possibly that.

Windows 10X isn't designed as an OS upgrade if you already own a PC. This means that you won’t be able to install it on your computer. Instead, Windows 10X will enable a new class of PCs that will complement and co-exist with today’s Windows 10 PCs. Launched with Surface Neo, it will be followed by devices from ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo soon. Surface Neo will start shipping on holiday 2020.

Besides Surfrace Neo, Windows 10X, and Surface Duo, Microsoft has introduced a few more devices.

Surface Laptop 3

  • 13" and 15" screen option with the 3:2 aspect ratio.
  • Has a custom AMD Ryzen CPU for the 15" model, and Intel Core CPU for 13".
  • Up to 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 1TB of SSD for the 15" model
  • Up to 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 1TB of SSD storage for the 13" model.
  • Fast charging (80% in an hour).
  • 13" Surface Laptop 3 starts at $999; the 15" model starts at $1,199.

Surface Pro 7

  • USB-C
  • 12.3" display, 2 736 x 1 824, 267PPI.
  • 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of RAM
  • From 128GB to a 1TB SSD.
  • Intel Core CPU.
  • Intel® UHD Graphics (i3)/Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics (i5, i7)
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p full HD video


  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p full HD video
  • Starts at $749.

More details HERE.

Surface Pro X

  • USB-C.
  • Microsoft SQ1 processor created in partnership with Qualcomm. It is an ARM SoC.
  • Microsoft® SQ1™ Adreno™ 685 GPU
  • 128, 256, or 512GB SSD
  • Nano SIM
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p full HD video
  • 10.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD and 4k video
  • Dual far-field Studio Mics
  • 2W stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
  • Wi-Fi 5: 802.11ac compatible
  • Bluetooth Wireless 5.0 technology
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X24 LTE Modem
  • Up to Gigabit LTE Advanced Pro with nanoSIM and eSIM support. LTE
  • Bands supported: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66
  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS support
  • Carrier unlocked
  • Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard with a docking pen.
  • Starts at $999.

The new Surface Slim Pen is coming alongside the Surface Pro X. it includes wireless charging instead of the replaceable batteries on previous versions of the device. With Surface Pro X you can charge the Pen when placed into the cradle on the keyboard.

More details on Microsoft Store.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “Windows 10X is officially announced, comes in 2020”

  1. Странное заявление про “you won’t be able to install…” – предварительные сборки гонялись на шестых Сюрфейсах и они замечательно перезаливались на 10Х и обратно.

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