Microsoft's second-generation Surface Hub collaboration display will arrive in June with a US$8,999.99 price tag, while a significantly larger model is planned for next year, the company announced Wednesday.
The first version of the Surface Hub 2S to be released will feature a 50-inch display, and will be priced at $8,999.99 - about $12,500 Australian dollars! - when it begins shipping in June, Microsoft said. That’s up from the US$6,999 starting price of the original Surface Hub when it first launched in 2016.
Notably, the Surface Hub 2S will feature a removable cartridge, which can be swapped out for a cartridge featuring updated processors and software starting next year. The 2020 cartridge will allow for new functionality such as rotating the Surface Hub 2S.
Meanwhile, also in 2020, Microsoft announced that it will begin testing of an 85-inch version of the Surface Hub 2S with "select customers."
The Surface Hub--an interactive conferencing and white-boarding display that can be used with a digital pen--originally launched in 55-inch and 84-inch sizes.
On the new 50-inch Surface Hub 2S, the display will feature a 3:2 aspect ratio, meaning that the usable screen space will be similar to that of the original 55-inch Surface Hub, according to Microsoft.
The Surface Hub 2S will be substantially lighter at about 25 kilograms, compared to the 40kg -pound weight of the original 55-inch model. The display will also be 60-percent thinner than on the original Surface Hub, Microsoft said.
The amount of partner involvement on the second-gen Surface Hub is expected to increase from on the original version, which had a specialized partner base due to its requirements, such as the need for reinforced walls to install the 84-inch version, Microsoft said previously.
The Surface Hub 2S will feature a 4K (3,840 x 2,560 resolution) display, eighth-gen Intel Core i5 processor, Intel UHD Graphics 620 and 8 GB of RAM.
The Surface Hub 2S can be wall mounted or used on a rolling cart, and will include 4K cameras along with far-field microphone arrays, Microsoft has said.