Microsoft announces the new 50.5-inch Surface Hub 2, coming in 2019

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Select commercial customers will be getting their hands on the Surface Hub 2 in 2018 as part of a test run, with a full launch to follow sometime in 2019, he said. The 50.5-inch Surface Hub 2 trades the outgoing model's 16:9 aspect ratio for 3:2, ups the resolution to "greater than 4K", and reduces the weight to between 55 and 77 pounds, which is lighter than the first Surface Hub. The new and improved Surface Hub 2 boasts a higher-resolution touchscreen than the original, plus dual removable 4K rotating front cameras that support video calling, enhanced far-field microphones, and other improvements.

MICROSOFT RECKONS IT'S GOT future office tech nailed down with the Surface Hub 2, a digital flip chart meets easel that looks like just the device for so-called "creatives" to show off their work.

After teasing a next-gen Surface Hub in March, Microsoft today took the wraps off Surface Hub 2 via a new blog post by Panos Panay. "We'll have more to share in the coming months.".

Microsoft's also introducing a new "tiling" experience with the Surface Hub 2. Microsoft has clearly listened to customer feedback and is working on making the device more affordable as well.

The Surface Hub 2 won't be battery-powered, though Microsoft's not saying exactly what technology will power it. The company even went all out with the Surface Hub three years back and chose to announce a touch screen the size of a blackboard.

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"Surface Hub 2 was designed from the ground up to be used by teams - to get people out of their seats, to connect and ideate, regardless of location".

The updated software is also designed with Microsoft's Fluent Design, so it already looks much better than the original Surface Hub's software. Instead, he says the Surface Hub 2 is easier to move around in your workplace thanks to a collaboration with Steelcase.

Surface Hub 2 offers multi-user sign in to authenticate multiple people in the same Surface Hub 2 workspace, allowing them to simultaneously access documents and ideas and merge them.

Microsoft's Surface Hub, its conference room computer, was something of a surprise hit. Rather, the ability to switch from landscape to portrait via a hinge will prove as a huge attraction, according to Microsoft. We were told to expect more information about Surface Hub 2 in late summer/early fall.

So far, Microsoft is keeping pricing and technical details under wraps.

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