Microsoft Launches Surface Hub 2S

Posted on April 17, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface with 12 Comments

Microsoft today launched Surface Hub 2S, which will come in 50- and 85-inch sizes and ship to customers starting in June.

“Surface Hub 2S is a product built to engage and empower teams by bridging digital and physical workspaces, because how we work continues to evolve every day,” Microsoft’s Panos Panay writes. “Not so long ago, the emphasis was on individual productivity. Today that’s changed – the situations we face at work are more complex and solving them requires a variety of skill sets and knowledge.”

Surface Hub 2S is also a product built of compromise. As you may recall, when Microsoft first announced Surface Hub 2 back in May 2018, there was only one version of the product, at one screen size, and it was to run next-generation software. But a lot has changed since then. In September, the firm said that there would now be two Surface Hub versions, the originally-envisioned version that’s been renamed to Surface Hub 2X and a new Surface Hub 2S model that would ship first and utilize first-generation Surface Hub software. (Customers can later upgrade Hub 2S to 2X using a hardware module.)

The device launching today is the lesser of the two, but it does, of course, retain much of the innovation that Microsoft has always planned for this hardware. The device—now, devices—are thinner and lighter than the original hefty Surface Hub models and fit more easily into shared workspaces. Graphics performance is allegedly 50 percent faster than the original as well.

Microsoft says that the 50-inch version of Surface Hub 2 will ship in the U.S. in June and will cost $9000. Surface Hub 2S will be available in more markets “shortly thereafter,” according to the software giant.

New to today’s announcement is a second, 85-inch version of Surface Hub 2 that won’t ship until 2020 at the earliest; Microsoft says that it will begin testing Surface Hub 2S 85-inch with select customers in early 2020. The price is unknown.

“We’ve been inspired by how our customers use Surface Hub to transform meetings and collaborate,” Mr. Panay says. “And we can’t wait to see how businesses across the globe will use Surface Hub 2S to empower their teams to work together in new ways.”

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12 responses to “Microsoft Launches Surface Hub 2S”

  1. shmuelie

    So where can we buy used Surface Hub 1s?

  2. Darekmeridian

    I wouldn't mind having one of these at home, but it doesn't have an at home price tag.

  3. bluvg

    50" @ $9k... ouch!

  4. mclark2112

    Well, at least they priced it so it won't sell.. I was hoping to get these for several of my conference rooms, but at 3 times my current setup, good night!

  5. jcbeckman

    I bought a Dell 55” touch screen, a Dell computer designed to attach (with better specs, and it can be replaced as needed), a rolling stand, and a 4K Webcam for about half as much in December. Unless you need the ability to set them side-by-side and extend the display, there are much cheaper alternatives.

  6. Omen_20

    I'm interested to see how the UI and aesthetics merge between the Hub and Studio, over the years to come. The Hub hardware module could be an Intel NUC for mass market AIOs.

    Microsoft is well on their way to making an outstanding kitchen PC. With their Alexa partnership, and consumer services getting stronger, they could have something.

    I could see parents moving away from personal devices for their children, and towards a centralized device that worked well with Microsoft Account parent features, security, and privacy. Leave the laptop at school, and sit down in front of the home PC; Office 365, OneDrive, and Windows Hello.

  7. JCerna

    In order to compete and make it in EDU and other industries I have worked with the price needs to be around $7000 with a stand.

  8. alfredjohnson

    What an idea, attractive interfaces, awesome performance, easy to use and many others easy option give a great combination for this. With their Alexa partnership, and consumer services getting stronger, they could have something new experience for the users. By the way if you guys are interested on hosting server or In need of you can visit this website There are one of the best in business and will surely get a very good support from them.

  9. tyreecewilley

    We use the larger Surface Hub 2's and love them. I wish Visio was available for them, but there are other apps which do the same thing.

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