Remember the Surface Hub? It Microsoft’s gigantic display meant to revolutionize the meeting room with integrated features and touch capacity. If you don’t, then you are not alone because this product was the epitome of niche. It may not have been a runaway success, but Microsoft is not giving up on its ambitious project in announcing the second generation of the Surface Hub.
The Surface Hub 2 is now a 50.5-inch 4K+ display, differing greatly from the original’s 84-inch gigantic footprint. Microsoft downsized for a very specific reason: the display can now be rotated, making it both horizontal and vertically compatible.
Microsoft’s big pitch with the Surface Hub is that it’ll integrate seamlessly with its suite of products, from Outlook to Word, Excel or Powerpoint. Handing off between a Surface computer and the Surface Hub will be instantaneous. Of course, it still retains its touch capabilities, which will work with the Surface Pen to jot down notes on the supersized display.
Given its focus on revamping the meeting workspace, video chatting will be possible via a 4K camera through Skype.
But the biggest addition to the Surface Hub 2 is its compatibility to other Hub displays. You can use a single display, or connect up to three other displays that create a gigantic panel. This is by far its coolest feature but also its most expensive.
Microsoft will begin testing the Surface Hub 2 with partners later this year with hopes of bringing it to the market in 2019. As for pricing, it was not revealed. Hopefully it is discounted from the original’s hefty $8,999 price tag.