03 October 2018
At the current Ignite conference, Microsoft took the opportunity to demonstrate Surface Hub 2 and reveal availability details. The demonstration went quite similar to what the company touted during the introduction earlier this year but when it comes to the availability factor, there is a twist to it.
Microsoft announced that it has decided to offer the Surface Hub 2 in two models named Surface Hub 2S and Hub 2X. The Hub 2S will be sporting the same 50.5-inch edge-to-edge display with 4K resolution and touchscreen input with the release date set for sometime in Q2 2019. But it will be lacking the functionality to rotate the display for smooth switching between portrait and landscape modes and ability to add multiple displays to offer a single viewing area. Both these features will be available on the Hub 2X scheduled to arrive in 2020.
The good thing is that Microsoft will be offering a processor cartridge upgrade to the Hub 2S which will make it equivalent to the Hub 2X. It means once this upgrade becomes available, the Hub 2S will become compatible with the rotating display functionality as well as with the ability to join multiple displays together.
Both these models will come with a fingerprint scanner placed on the bottom bezel. This will allow different team members to authenticate themselves and start collaborating on the project. Once the members have logged in successfully, it will show all the recent files on the desktop so that they can resume from where they left. There will also be 4K cameras and support for Microsoft Teams on both variants.
Even though Microsoft has revealed the models and estimated availability details, it is still quiet regarding the pricing but make no mistake, the Surface Hub 2 is unlikely to be an affordable offering. And if you are looking for more options, you can also have a look at the Google Jamboard which delivers similar functionality but with focus on Google's products and services.