Microsoft is creating an even bigger version of its new surface hub 2S. And, this is a gigantic “collaborative screen”! At a press conference held in New York last night, the Redmond-based manufacturer unveiled a larger model of surface hub 2S with a 85-inch slab.
Unlike the smaller 50-inch version, this larger model features a 16:9 format screen that is more consistent with the original surface hub. In contrast, Microsoft uses a 3:2 ratio on its new 50-inch surface hub 2S.
While the smaller surface hub 2 can be paired with four other 50-inch side-by-side models, this larger 85-inch model is designed for companies looking for something even bigger. The head of the surface Division, Panos Panay, introduced the new 85-inch model, and briefly showed it sandwiched between two 50-inch models.
As with its predecessors, the new surface hub 2S goes along with Windows 10 team, a software that is a variant of Windows 10 enterprise, which is going to be ideal for all collaborative work. This is clearly not a computer designed for home use – and it doesn’t even run any ready-to-use Win32 desktop apps, but a custom version of Windows 10 designed to run UWP apps (including Office 365). In addition, it is optimized for pen and touch input. You’ll understand, it’s basically a big digital Whiteboard.
9 000 dollars!
Microsoft will launch its surface hub 2S in the United States in June at a price of 8999.99 dollars, and in the second half of 2019 in France — the French release dates and prices are to be unveiled very soon. The 85-inch surface hub 2S version will begin to be deployed to a privileged circle of customers worldwide, beginning 2020.
The good news is that the surface hub 2S is modular. And, the American giant will make available an upgrade cartridge (surface hub 2X), which improves the processor, RAM and GPU of its surface hub 2 and upgrade it to a newer system. Functions such as the rotation and mosaic of four surface hub 2 screens will also be activated with this 2X cartridge.