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Microsoft Unveils Its Bigger, Better Surface Hub 2S

Microsoft Unveils Its Bigger, Better Surface Hub 2S
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Three years after the launch of the first-gen Microsoft Surface Hub, a massive business-focused collaboration device for conference rooms that’s a cross between a smart TV and a giant tablet, Microsoft formally unveiled its first major upgrade: the Surface Hub 2S.

The original Surface Hub came in two screen and price sizes—a 55-inch model for $8,999 and an 84-inch model for $21,999. Aimed at large enterprise businesses, these babies aren’t cheap. Microsoft’s second-generation model, which Redmond first teased last year, comes with the same combination of built-in apps and software, including Windows 10, Office 365, Microsoft Teams, and the Microsoft Whiteboard app that can be used with the included Surface Hub pen.

Microsoft Surface Hub 2S Skype Chat

The major upgrades in the Surface Hub 2S are in the hardware and specs. The 2S comes in 50- and 85-inch versions. The 50-inch model is 40 percent lighter at 61.6 pounds than the v1 Surface Hub, with a 60 percent thinner display with a thin edge and smaller 15mm bezels, according to Microsoft. It’s also got a 4K+ multi-touch display and 50 percent faster graphics performance with an 8th Gen Intel i5 quad-core processor.

The pricing for the smaller model will remain about the same: $8,999.99 for the 50-inch Surface Hub 2S, which will start shipping in the US in June and can be purchased through authorized resellers.

One of the selling points Microsoft is touting with the 2S is portability. The original Surface Hub is a clunky, unwieldy device. We’ve had one in the PCMag labs for several years, and it’s not particularly easy to maneuver. Aside from being lighter and slimmer, the Surface Hub 2S can be paired with third-party add-ons including the Steelcase Roam Mobile Stand and the APC Charge Mobile Battery to make the collaboration hub more portable and charge it up for mobile use.

Microsoft released a setup video, which walks through how to set up the mobile stand and battery that can be bought from its respective partners.

The Surface Hub 2S also sports an enhanced 4K Surface Hub 2 camera with features such as anti-flicker, face-based auto exposure, and image processing of up to 30 frames per second. The camera is paired with built-in speakers and a far-field mic array for remote meetings, which can be conducted through the built-in Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams apps.

Microsoft did not release pricing details for the 85-inch version, which is not yet production-ready. The super-sized Surface Hub 2S will begin testing with select customers in early 2020.

PCMag is at the New York press event today. Stay tuned for hands-on coverage.

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