Microsoft has disclosed that Surface Hub, an interactive intelligent whiteboard running Windows 10, will ship in 24 markets from September with a starting price of £5,709 in the UK
Unveiled in January during an event to preview Windows 10, the Surface Hub is a family of devices intended as a collaboration tool for people working together in the same room as well as connecting remotely over the internet.
Breakthrough hardware innovations in touch and ink allow Surface Hub to harness the power of Windows 10, Skype for Business, Office, OneNote and Universal Windows apps to deliver a new kind of productivity experience optimised for groups, Microsoft claims.
The firm has now revealed that the Surface Hub line-up will initially comprise two models: the Surface Hub 55in priced at $6,999 (£5,709) and the Surface Hub 84in priced at $19,999 (£16,269).
These will be available first in 24 markets, including the UK, much of Western Europe, the US, Canada, Australia, Qatar, Singapore and the UAE. Microsoft will start taking pre-orders from 1 July, although the products will not ship until September.
Microsoft said that the aim of Surface Hub is to offer a collaboration tool capable of bringing teams together in more efficient and engaging ways.
"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 for Microsoft devices.
Both Surface Hub models run Windows 10, and are powered by 4th-Generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors with 8GB memory and 128GB of solid state drive storage. Both have 100-point multi-touch displays and passive infrared presence sensors, and support on-screen ink input via Surface Hub Pens.
The Surface Hub 55in has a resolution of 1920x1080, which seems a little on the low side for such a large display, while the Surface Hub 84in has a resolution of 3840x2140. Both can connect to the network via 1Gbps Ethernet or WiFi.
Microsoft claims that the Surface Hub devices actually represent a good investment, as they replace a number of existing technologies by offering an audio/video conferencing system, display, projector, wireless receiver and whiteboard in one device.
"And when you look at ongoing management costs, the story gets even stronger. Rather than having to manage multiple components separately, as a Windows 10 device Surface Hub can be easily and centrally managed by IT," said Angiulo, writing on the Microsoft Surface blog.
"It will also benefit from Windows Update for Business, which provides access to the latest innovation and security updates on an ongoing basis."
[This article was updated to reflect the official UK pricing for the Surface Hub once Microsoft disclosed it.]
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