Microsoft’s ambitions for a dual-screen device with Windows Core OS are still very much alive. It’s been reported that Microsoft is actively working on a dual-screen device codenamed Centaurus and the company also showed off the Surface device to some of its employees internally.
Microsoft Surface Centaurus with Windows Core OS is said to be larger than the pocketable Andromeda. Centaurus is also believed to be among the first devices to run unannounced Windows Core OS, a modular and modern operating system from Microsoft.
A new report citing supply chain info now claims that the dual-screen device from Redmond will run Android apps. It also appears that Microsoft originally considered Android apps idea for Andromeda, a long-rumoured and delayed pocketable device. Since both devices run WCOS, it is possible for Microsoft to add Android apps support on Centaurus.
Microsoft’s Centaurus features and specifications
The report confirms that Microsoft will use Intel chipset in its foldable device and it makes sense as Intel has been laying the groundwork for dual-screen devices. Earlier this year, Intel also showed off its own foldable prototypes with Windows 10.
Centaurus may ship with 10nm Lakefield Intel processor and two 9-inch screens with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Since Intel has already started prototyping processors for dual-screen devices, Centaurus should be able to deliver reliable performance in a thin and light form factor.
The dual-screen device will also support always-on connectivity through (LTE, 5G or WiFi). According to Forbes, the device will start shipping in the first half or quarter of 2020.
Specifics about Centaurus are still unknown, but Microsoft could talk about its new form-factor at October 2019 event.