According to The Verge, Microsoft seems to be making the company’s vision of the future becoming a reality for corporate spaces, with the soon-to-be-released Surface Hub 2.
While Microsoft’s original Surface Hub was just released in 2016, with 1080p 55-inch and 4K 84-inch options, the Surface Hub 2 will use a 50.5-inch displays, have greater than 4K resolution, and 3:2 aspect ratio, and “extremely thin bezels.” Plus, the newer solution gives end users the option to rotate it into a portrait position; this is made possible from “a clever mechanism that looks similar to Microsoft’s Surface Book muscle wire lock.”
Another bonus to the Surface Hub 2 is that the company is improving its software, The Verge says. “While it’s still based on Windows 10, Microsoft is working on a new dynamic collaboration scenario that will allow multiple people to walk up to the Surface Hub 2, log into the device using the built-in fingerprint reader and then each pull their own work into a single collaborative document.” The Verge also says that the software will by optimized for Microsoft Teams, and its microphones and 4K cameras will make video calls feel like the colleague end users are speaking to is inches away, in person.
Hardware-wise, the Surface Hub 2 was created as a lightweight, flexible solution so that end users can move it throughout an office setting. The Verge says end users will even have the opportunity to mount four of the solutions together and have them link as multiple monitors, which is also called “tiling;” end users can then display different content side by side, in both portrait and landscape mode.
While The Verge anticipates it will be a popular product among corporate end users and decision makers alike, interested investors will have to wait until 2019 to purchase it. Microsoft also isn’t releasing the solution’s dimensions, weight, or price just yet, although it is expected to “be in line with similar competitive devices.”