Microsoft Unveils New Surface Hub 2

Microsoft announces the Surface Hub 2 with 50.5-inch display

Microsoft Surface Hub 2 is a 50.5-inch 4K Display for the Next Generation Conference Rooms

Microsoft's second-gen Surface Hub features a 4K+ 50.5-inch multi-touch display (3:2 aspect ratio) that was designed from the ground up to be used by teams.

The product provides access to Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365, Windows 10 and the intelligent cloud. Robin Seiler, the general manager of Surface Hub engineering, told Business Insider the price of the new Surface Hub will be comparable in cost with the competing digital whiteboard offerings from Google and Cisco, which could mean a price of about $5,000.

Following on from the first-generation Surface Hub, which we must say we haven't seen in many United Kingdom offices though Microsoft says it has flogged the Hub to more than 5,000 businesses, the Surface Hub 2 is one flashy looking device.

Last year, Microsoft said that the current generation Surface Hub devices were picking up momentum worldwide. This apparently brings it in line with Microsoft's Surface laptops and tablets, which the company says were created to give the look and feel of a piece of paper. We can also expect 4K dual cameras and display with a resolution larger than 4K.

Businesses in need of wall-based Windows 10 devices rejoice, there's a new Surface Hub 2 in town. Per the blog post Microsoft posted today, it can tile up to four screens in portrait or landscape, rotate them or roll them around on the custom Steelcase stands. This will also allow users to share and work on different apps side-by-side. Dynamic rotation allows you to use the best orientation for your content to help people work in the way that best suits them and the people they are collaborating with. Microsoft says it has sold over 5000 of the original Surface Hub across 24 markets and believes the more affordable Surface Hub 2 will be an even bigger success.

Microsoft says the device will be available for purchase next year.

Microsoft hasn't shared the exact specs or the release date but has promised its availability in 2019. By announcing it almost a year early, Microsoft is possibly aiming to outpace its competition and rope in a few businesses who typically order such devices in advance.

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