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Surface Hub 2 coming in 2019, looks fantastic

15 May 2018, 08:15 | Edward Lowe

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

Microsoft announces the Surface Hub 2 with 50.5-inch display

A few weeks back, Microsoft announced that the Surface Hub stock was running low and that the device would soon be almost impossible to buy. Despite the rumours and speculations, Microsoft remains totally committed to the Surface Hub product line. Microsoft's releasing this device with its own Steelcase-made accessories like a rolling stand and mounts for walls. An 84-inch panel came with a hot price too, $21,999.

Surface Hub 2 scales and adapts to your space through tiling up to 4 screens together in portrait or landscape view. The 50.5-inch Surface Hub 2 trades the outgoing model's 16:9 aspect ratio for 3:2, ups the resolution to "greater than 4K", and reduces the weight to between 55 and 77 pounds, which is lighter than the first Surface Hub.

The product provides access to Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365, Windows 10 and the intelligent cloud. As for the hub itself, Microsoft says it'll begin testing with select commercial customers this year ahead of general availability in 2019.

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Like the original Surface Hub, the second-gen device has been designed with office collaboration in mind, with far-field microphones built-in for group video conferencing, the ability for different users to login and show their work via a fingerprint scanner, and a software suite optimised for use with Microsoft Teams - Redmond's group chat and teamwork software.

We haven't got any concrete specs beyond the Microsoft Surface Hub 2's display size, but we'll update this page as soon as we know more. Interested businesses and customers can find out more about the device here.

Microsoft also promises that Surface Hub 2 will support multi-user sign in, so multiple people can authenticate in the same workspace and simultaneously share their documents.

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When I asked Seiler more about the version of Windows 10 that will power Surface Hub 2, she said "Windows 10 is what it's built on", and wouldn't go beyond that.

And as you can see from the video, it can easily be rotated between horizontal and vertical orientations, and the 4K cameras rotate with the device as well.

Seiler said Microsoft will be providing more details about Surface Hub 2 over the coming months.

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