Last year Microsoft announced that it was working on the Surface Hub 2S, a big screen device aimed at workplace productivity and video conferencing. The Hub 2S is a different product than the Surface Hub 2 unveiled last year. One of the key features that Microsoft bragged about with the Surface Hub 2S was a slick removable cartridge that allows for processor upgrades down the road. Microsoft has announced that the Surface Hub 2S starts at right under $9,000 and is shipping this summer.
One change with the Surface Hub 2S is a big touchscreen that has a higher resolution than the original Hub at 4K+. There are two sizes of Surface Hub 2S devices with a 50.5-inch version boasting a native resolution of 3,840 x 2,560. At that resolution, users can view four video conference feeds at once, each in 1080p resolution. There is a larger Surface Hub 2S that has a giant 85-inch screen.
The Hub 2S is essentially a computer with a giant screen and has its own hardware inside. All versions have a 128GB M.2 SSD, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, and Ethernet connectivity. The standard processor is
Microsoft has a 4K camera that works with the Surface Hub 2S that connects with a system of magnets. For companies that will be using the Hub 2S on the go around a large office, a $1,400 battery pack expansion is available that gives up to two hours of juice per charge. Starting price for the Hub 2S is $8,999 with shipping in June; pricing on the larger 85-inch Hub 2S is unannounced at this time.