Microsoft has today unveiled the second-gen upgrade to its Surface Hub. The new Surface Hub 2 is a massive 55-inch 4K collaborative display meant to replace mundane, old boards in corporate conference rooms. Microsoft has managed to shed off nearly every piece of the bezel from all the sides yielding a panel which truly looks like it’s ready for the office of future.
The lack of bezels also enables a feature called “Tiling”. Businesses can mount four of these giant screens together on a wall and link them as multiple monitors for tasks like visualizing charts or have various tidbits of a project spread across of them or just make their offices look well, cool.
Another nifty addition to this year’s Surface Hub is the fact that it can be employed in the portrait orientation as well, unlike the previous one which was restricted to a landscape position. There’s also something called “Dynamic Rotation” which will automatically adjust the content whenever you rotate the display. The hinge for that seems to be inspired by the same muscle wire lock mechanism found on the company’s Surface Book laptop.
The software on the Surface Hub 2 is, of course, based on Windows 10. The company has this time added more robust collaborative tools which can allow multiple users to simply sign in simultaneously through a fingerprint reader and pull up their work onto a single workspace. The Microsoft Surface Hub 2 also features a 4K webcam (which is removable and rotatable) and far-field microphones for a better video calling experience.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed any details regarding the pricing or even the exact launch date. For now, all we know is that it will be available sometime in 2019. Digital whiteboards seem to be gradually becoming the new fad among companies for getting in the corporate space. Apart from Microsoft, Google and Samsung both have launched a similar product in the last few months. Although none of them look as slick and snazzy as Microsoft’s new Surface Hub 2. By announcing it nearly a year early, Microsoft is possibly aiming to outpace its competition and rope in a few businesses who typically order such devices in advance.