Microsoft Unveils Its Bigger, Better Surface Hub 2S

Microsoft's Surface Hub 2S to start shipping in June, new 85-inch version coming in 2020

An extra-cost Steelcase-designed Microsoft Roam rolling easel can be configured with an extra-cost battery pack that hides in a shelf. Up to four of them can be "tiled", side-by-side with a different app or service running on each panel, according to the company's original plans.But a year ago, Microsoft officials said the tiling feature was also tied to the 2X version, I was reminded today at the event. It features 4K cameras, integrated speakers, and far-field mic arrays. There's a 50-inch model that is set to come out in June, but the company also teased an ungodly 85-inch version of the Microsoft Surface Hub 2 that will come down the pipeline in the future.

Microsoft said past year that it sold more than 5,000 of the original Surface Hub devices to customers in 25 markets, including half of Fortune 100 companies.

The major upgrades in the Surface Hub 2S are in the hardware and specs. And we'll show you how the modular design of the new Surface Hub 2S along with dormant, built-in hardware components will allow you to unlock Surface Hub 2X capabilities simply by swapping in the removable processor cartridge.

The 50-inch Surface Hub 2 is 60 percent slimmer and 40 percent lighter than the earlier model, and it is being built for portability.

If the Surface Hub 2S is an impressive hardware upgrade, the device will still run the Windows 10 Teams OS that now ships on the original Surface Hub. According to The Verge, Microsoft is also exploring support for Win32 apps on the Surface Hub 2X.

The Surface Hub 2S is created to be wheeled around an office space on a separately-sold cart designed by Steelcase called the "Roam", which so far doesn't have a price tag or release date. You can mount it to a wall, or pay $1,450 for the stand with wheels.

In addition to featuring the 8th Generation Core i5, the Surface Hub 2S will have 8GB DDR4 of RAM; a solid-state 128GB drive; a USB-A and USB-C/DP port (plus RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI Video and Mini-DisplayPort video output port); and 4 UB-C (data or FPR) ports on the monitor itself for camera or data.

Other accessories include a $1,400 battery expansion that gives you two hours of battery life. It's essentially a Windows computer inside a TV format with a touchscreen that can be used with Microsoft's Surface Pen stylus.

Microsoft previously said it would roll out the device via a "phased introduction with two unique experiences".

PCMag is at the NY press event today.



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