Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Surface Hub 2 coming in 2019, looks fantastic

Surface Hub 2 coming in 2019, looks fantastic

Microsoft has announced that it'll begin testing the device this year with select commercial customers, but that it will not be available for purchase until 2019.

Dynamic rotation makes sure that your canvas stays straight while you rotate the display from 0 to 90 degrees. The Surface Hub 2 comes in a single 50.5-inch screen size with a 3:2 aspect ratio, the same as what you get on any of the Surface PC devices.

Up to four Surface Hub 2 screens can be tiled together in portrait or landscape view.

Microsoft does not yet have much to say on Surface Hub 2 specs. In that video from 2015, Microsoft also showed users pushing and pulling content from a centralized hub to their individual PCs and other handheld devices with a flick-like gesture.

Microsoft's Surface team is obsessed with hinges. This apparently brings it in line with Microsoft's Surface laptops and tablets, which the company says were created to give the look and feel of a piece of paper.

The Surface Hub 2 won't be battery-powered, though Microsoft's not saying exactly what technology will power it. The Surface Hub 2 will also feature an upgraded processor. Microsoft says that there are 5,000 companies using Surface Hubs, including half of Fortune 100 companies.

"Surface Hub 2 was designed from the ground up to be used by teams - to get people out of their seats, to connect and ideate, regardless of location". Hanging from a conference room wall or specialized stand, previous models were created to be used in landscape mode. But as Microsoft's concept of the workplace has evolved, the Surface Hub 2 will be a key component of what Microsoft now calls the "intelligent edge", a catch-all term for the PCs, phones, and other devices that will interface with the "intelligent cloud" of Microsoft's apps and services, Day said. 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. With this in mind, we did learn two specific things about the display that sets the Surface Hub 2 apart.

Yet, if there's one thing that Google's Chromebooks demonstrated easily it's that the educational sector is ripe for targeting by tech companies if they keep prices in check.

Microsoft today announced the successor to its high-end Surface Hub whiteboard, the Surface Hub 2.

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