55in or 84in screens available for pre-order in the UK on July 1, shipping in September
Microsoft is looking to usher in a new age of collaboration with the confirmed launch of its large-screen Surface Hub devices.
Pre-orders for the Windows 10-powered interactive device will open from July 1, and will start shipping in September to 24 markets across the world, including the UK.
First seen at the reveal of Windows 10 back in January, the Surface Hub will be available in either 55in or 84in version, costing £5,709 and £16,269 respectively.
Looking to replace traditional whiteboards or smart boards in homes, schools and offices, Surface Hub can be used with both ink and touch, and is capable of detecting 100 points of multitouch and up to three simultaneous pen inputs.
Both versions of Surface Hub also come with dual 1080p front-facing video cameras, and a four-element microphone array that detects and follows voices to eliminate background noise during videoconferencing sessions.
There is also built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and a variety of ports for easy wired and wireless connectivity options, allowing devices to share content to the screen.
All of which means users will be able to experience the full range of Microsoft products, from Skype for Business, Office, OneNote and Universal Windows apps, using the device.
“While there are a number of devices designed to improve our productivity as individuals, there has yet to be a device that is truly optimised for a group of people to use together — designed not just for what we need to do, but how we want to work. Until now,” said Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president, Microsoft Devices.
“Just as the PC revolutionised productivity for individuals, Surface Hub will transform the way groups of people work together.”
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