If you’re anything like me and have a knack for sci-fi and the future, you’ve undoubtedly noticed those substantial touch screens they use in the movies for communication among other things.
Well, Microsoft has revealed that they’ll reinvent the future in 2019, with the reveal of the Microsoft Surface Hub 2.
The spiritual successor of the rudimentary Surface Hub, which was revealed way back in 2015, introduces an array of improvements and refinements to make it even more remarkable.
The idea remained the same, enabling workers from various locations to participate in meetings like they’re in the same room. You may think that it’s already a thing, with access to internet and apps like Skype and you’d be right. And you’d be wrong. The experience that the Surface Hub 2 gives you is almost like you’re talking to someone in real life.
The main reason for that is the Surface Hub 2’s massive screen. Compared to the first Surface Hub, the screen size went down from enormous 82 inches to a comfy size of 50.5 inches. The resolution also changed, but this time it went up to “4K plus”, but kept the same 3:2 aspect ratio, ensuring crystal clear imagery.
Tipping the scales at somewhere between 55 and 77 lbs, the chunky Surface Hub 2 is lighter than its predecessor but by no means light. Fortunately for you, the Surface Hub 2 will ship with a rolling stand so that you can move it around.
However, if you’d like to mount it permanently to a wall, you can do that utilizing the built-in mounting points. Just like a tablet, but more significant, you’ll be able to use it in either landscape or portrait orientation, depending on your needs.
Mounted on a wall, up to four devices can be connected and used as one, with up to four cameras, or you can use each device separately. It’s up to you.
Being a Microsoft product, the Surface Hub 2 is running on Windows 10, but it’s not yet known on which version of the OS will the official 2019 product run. What is known, to a greater extent, is which apps are at your disposal.
As the primary use for the Surface Hub 2 is conference calls, you’ll have Skype and whiteboarding, which is equal to the earlier version. But, as the Windows 10 platforms offer a vast amount of possibilities, there’s also an app called Teams.
Pushing aside the old and proven Skype, Teams is Microsoft’s latest and greatest app developed especially for businesses and conference calls.
What’s unique about Teams is the ability to connect to online repositories, such as Trello and Azure, which is a great way to share projects.
Based on Ryan Day’s words,
I think that Teams will primarily be the way you’ll want to work within it, to get the full functionality
Teams are the way of the future.
There’s also “intelligent edge”, which will be connected to Microsoft’s apps and services in the “intelligent cloud”, enabling a large number of people to access the device.
Matching the 4K resolution, the Surface Hub 2 features a modular 4K camera, attached to the device via a USB-C port. The camera can follow the screen orientation of the device, as it can be connected to either the landscape or portrait side.
Placed on the rolling easel, the Surface Hub 2 is perfect for face-to-face conversations, but if you need to fit in an office full of people, you can utilize another distinctive feature of the Surface Hub 2.
Logging in through a fingerprint scanner, Microsoft decided to allow two separate users to work on the same device and project, enabling them to multitask to get the project done faster. Even though two independent users will probably do two entirely different things, the spacious screen has more than enough space to comfortably fit them both.
It’s not yet confirmed how the Surface Hub 2 will be powered, but it’s certain that it won’t be running on batteries. There are still some unknowns, such as the previously mentioned OS question or if there will be some more features, as well as the price, but for that, we’ll have to wait until fall.