|[BLOG] Microsoft announce Surface Hub 2
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|Author:||CrimsonShade [ Wed May 16, 2018 1:14 am ]|
|Post subject:||[BLOG] Microsoft announce Surface Hub 2|
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Two years ago, Microsoft raised eyebrows when it unveiled the Surface Hub, a digital whiteboard that could handle anything from video conferences, to a shared workspace for working on documents. Despite being plagued with numerous delays to launch and being ridiculously expensive (exceeding $11,000 for even the smaller model plus stand), Microsoft now claims that there are 5,000 companies using Surface Hubs, including half of Fortune 100 companies - and apparently, sales have been good enough for Microsoft to announce a second version is in the works.
Details are currently scarce regarding the Surface Hub 2, which isn't planned to retail until 2019; although "selected customers" will be able to test the device later this year. At it's heart, however, the new Hub is still a gigantic touchscreen-enabled display, which will run Windows 10 and support the Surface Pen. It also has thinner bezels, making it look more like a modern flatscreen TV, albeit one with a wider-than-average 3:2 aspect ratio. Surprisingly, it appears the built-in webcam is also out, meaning you'll now need to plug in your own to start video conferences - which strikes us an odd move.
Microsoft appear to be targeting the new Surface Hub as having more potential uses, with the thinner form factor making it easier to create a wall of surface hubs for wide digital displays. To that end, the company has released a Youtube video introducing the Hub 2, which shows off a number of interesting use concepts:
The device also contains a fingerprint sensor, so each user can protect their documents and data behind their own accounts and login with just a touch.
No information is currently available on pricing or technical specifications. We'll have more news when we get it!
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