Microsoft has introduced its new family of Surface Hub collaboration devices designed for conference rooms. The new lineup includes an all-new 85-inch model for those who need larger screens as well as an all-new 50-inch model that can be powered by a battery. What is interesting is that the new collaborative PCs are upgradeable, unlike the first-gen Surface Hubs launched in 2015.

The Microsoft Surface Hubs are fully-fledged all-in-one PCs with software and hardware capabilities tailored for collaboration and conference rooms. The Surface Hub 2S 50-inch features a 3840x2560 resolution, is based on Intel’s 8th Gen quad-core Core i5 processor with Intel’s UHD 620 graphics that is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM as well as a 128 GB SSD. Being a system from Microsoft, the Surface Hub 2S comes pre-loaded with a special version of Windows 10, Skype for Business, Microsoft Whiteboard, Microsoft Office, and other programs. Obviously, the PCs are equipped with a standard set of ports, including GbE, USB Type-A, USB Type-C, HDMI, etc.

One of the key differences between the Surface Hub 2S and its predecessors is the fact that its compute hardware is no longer built-in, but comes inside an upgradeable cartridge. For example, next year Microsoft plans to release its Surface Hub 2X processor cartridge offering higher GPU performance along with a set of new software capabilities.

The new Surface Hub 2S collaborative PCs come with the Surface Hub 2 camera as well as the Surface Hub 2 Pen. In addition, Microsoft will offer specially designed stands and wall mounts as well as an APC-designed battery for the 50-inch model.

Microsoft will start selling its Surface Hub 2S 50-inch this June at a price of $8,999. The larger 85-inch model will be available in 2020.

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Sources: Microsoft, The Verge

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  • stephenbrooks - Sunday, April 21, 2019 - link

    Yep, the margins on this are insane. Probably a lot of the customers won't even use the whiteboard feature and will set the screen so far away that 4K vs. 1080p won't make and difference. By which time you effectively have a cheap 50" TV ($199 from walmart) and a thin client PC with Skype on it.

    You better want to use the extra features if you buy this!
    Reply
  • Midwayman - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    It'll look great in the executive conference room. Reply
  • Rictorhell - Thursday, April 18, 2019 - link

    Let's have an Anandtech Giveaway with one of these as the prize, please. Reply
  • MamiyaOtaru - Thursday, April 18, 2019 - link

    look at that dude's pants Reply
  • CheapSushi - Friday, April 19, 2019 - link

    It's a trend now (showing your ankles and slightly higher). Reply
  • HyperText - Friday, April 19, 2019 - link

    How is the display connected to the cartridge? I don't see any cables floating around...
    Are cables hidden in the "frames" (poles, etc.), or stick to it?
    Or is this just marketing photo?
    Reply
  • GreenReaper - Friday, April 19, 2019 - link

    The first picture clearly shows a cable on the left-hand side (well, it seems clear to me...). Reply
  • Gunbuster - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Let me guess it has the same terrible $1 wifi/bluetooth Avastar chip Microsoft is married to. Will this be product #40? Reply
  • yogadull - Saturday, May 11, 2019 - link

    Microsoft will start selling its Surface Hub 2S 50-inch this June at a price of $8,999. The larger 85-inch model will be available in 2020. https://www.playrounders.com Reply

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