Microsoft Surface Hub available in UAE July 1
55-inch Surface Hub available to businesses for $6,999, while 84-inch costs $19,999
Microsoft yesterday announced that its new Surface Hub, a large-screen collaboration device, will be available to order in 24 markets, including the UAE, beginning July 1.
The device, a touch-enabled large-format ‘tablet', is available in two sizes - 55-inch and 84-inch. However, they're much more pricy than their little brother, the Surface Pro tablet. The 55-inch Surface Hub goes for $6,999, while the 84-inch one costs $19,999. It is currently available for businesses only.
Microsoft said that the device takes advantages of hardware innovations in touch and ink. It runs on Windows 10, and utilises Skype of Business, Office, OneNote and Universal Windows apps to create a collaborative 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 optimized 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."
Microsoft said that the Surface Hub experience is designed around a highly responsive screen built for ink and touch. Both versions of Surface Hub are integrated with optically bonded displays capable of detecting 100 points of multitouch and up to three simultaneous pen inputs, dual 1080p front-facing video cameras, and a four-element microphone array that detects and follows voices to eliminate background noise during videoconferencing sessions.
The Surface Hub also features 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.
Microsoft said that the device delivers a complete, cloud-connected Windows 10 experience, along with the simplicity and consistency of a custom interface that is built for shared spaces. The device is designed for anyone to walk up and use, providing an engaging way to share ideas and information.
Businesses will also be able to draw from a wide variety of Universal Windows apps to put real-time data and business tools at the centre of meetings. By connecting the industry-specific Universal Windows apps, Microsoft said that the Surface Hub would bring a new level of innovation and efficiency to the way people work.
Microsoft is working closely with a set of strategic partners to make it easy for businesses to deploy Surface Hub into their organisations in a way that naturally integrates into their existing rooms and IT environments. A variety of companies are embracing Surface Hub, including distributors enabling global reach like ALSO, Ingram Micro Inc., Synnex Corp., Tech Data and TD Maverick, Microsoft said.