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Microsoft Unveil 85″ Surface Hub 2S Smart Whiteboard

Microsoft has unveiled the next iteration of its Surface Hub 2 hardware, a 50-inch and 85-inch interactive whiteboard, the “Surface Hub 2S”, at a press event in New York. Local pricing and availability to be confirmed.

The 50-inch 2S runs the same Windows 10 Surface Hub software currently on the previous model but on a slimmer frame. It is priced at US$9,000 and will start shipping in June.

The 85-inch version’s price has not been released but it will reportedly ship at some point in 2020.

Designed specifically for collaborative work experiences, the screen features a 4K camera and an 8-element MEMS microphone array for optimum video conferencing.

Users can interact with its 4K+ resolution screen either by touch or with Microsoft’s Surface Pen stylus.

As the 2S screens are essentially a Windows 10 PC with a TV-like screen, they can run Microsoft’s entire suite of software and services, including Microsoft Office 365.

The 2S models include a removable cartridge that will be upgraded in 2020 to the Surface Hub 2X.

The Surface Hub 2X will reportedly upgrade the CPU, RAM, and GPU to a new OS and enable rotation and tiling of up to four Surface Hub 2 display features.

The Hub 2S accessories include a separately sold wheeled stand dubbed the “Steelcase Roam” for easily transporting it to various boardrooms that also features a built-in battery to power the Hub 2S — pricing and release date not confirmed.

Local pricing and availability have not been released, but interested parties can sign up on Microsoft’s website to be among the first to know when they are available.

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