Microsoft today announced more details about the tailor-made system for the business conference room, the Surface Hub. To kick things off, the Surface Hub will be available for pre-orders starting July 1st, while shipments will begin in September. Initially it’ll be introduced in 24 markets which include US, Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and the United Kingdom.
The smaller 55-inch model is priced at $6999 while its larger 84-inch sibling will sell for $19,999. Talking about the display, both variants feature optically bonded projective capacitance sensors that minimize reflections. Another notable aspect is that both models support a staggering 100 points of concurrent multi-touch, with three simultaneous pen inputs. The smaller 55-inch model gets FullHD 1080p display panel, while its 84-inch sibling gets a QuadHD display with a 3840×2160 pixel resolution.
While powering the Surface Hub would be a custom version of Windows 10, which features Intel Core i5 processor (Haswell) on the smaller model, while the larger one runs the Core i7. The larger variant also gets beefier graphics support with a Nvidia Quadro K2200, a Maxwell based GM107 GPU with 640 CUDA cores.
In terms of memory, both Hubs come with 128GB of SSD bundled with 8GB of RAM, while connectivity options include Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, and Miracast.
All core Microsoft apps are free whenever you purchase a Hub. So that monthly $9.99 Office subscription should not be a cause for concern if you are planning to get the device. The Surface Hub can be controlled by a finger, stylus, and even voice, and comes with the ability to stream your screen’s content on to a participant’s device.
Microsoft’s Surface Hub boasts a plethora of impressive features, though one notable fact that needs a special mention here is that it’ll be built in the US, reports New York Times. The product will be built about 200 miles south of the company’s headquarters in Redmond. “We could not find existing assembly lines in Asia to build it on,” said Microsoft.
Whatever may be the reason, it is nice to see a product being brewed in the US, which currently is quite a rarity.