Microsoft unveils next-generation Surface Hub, starting at $9,000 and shipping in June

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Microsoft will begin shipping the follow-up to its Windows 10-powered interactive conference computer, Surface Hub 2, in June at a starting price of $9,000.

At an event in New York City today, Microsoft unveiled several models of the next-generation device, including a 50-inch edition and an 85-inch version. While the 50-inch model will begin will begin shipping in June, Microsoft won’t begin testing the larger version until next year and did not give details on release date or pricing.

The device comes with Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams built in to quickly facilitate calls and meetings. It has its own version of the Surface Pen to allow users to interact with the big screen

Microsoft also teased another device, Surface Hub 2 Display, which includes the interactive display without the computing power of the other models. The company said that device would debut later this year but didn’t give further details.

The 50-inch Surface Hub 2 is 60 percent slimmer and 40 percent lighter than the earlier model, and it is being built for portability. Microsoft is working with furniture company Steelcase on a mobile stand with wheels for the new Surface Hub. Microsoft is also working with APC on a mobile battery for the device.

Microsoft previously said it would roll out the device via a “phased introduction with two unique experiences.” It starts with the Surface Hub 2S, which is something of a bridge that runs the current Hub software and is “future-proofed” for an upgrade to the next release, Surface Hub 2X.

In 2020, the 2X upgrade arrives via a cartridge. That upgraded version will feature the ability to “tile” multiple devices together into one giant screen and is also more flexible than its predecessor, with options for vertical and horizontal orientation.

Microsoft said last year that it sold more than 5,000 of the original Surface Hub devices to customers in 25 markets, including half of Fortune 100 companies. The original Surface, which came in 55 and 84-inch models, cost anywhere from $9,000 to $22,000.

In 2017, Microsoft shut down the Wilsonville, Ore. plant 30 miles south of Portland, where it manufactured the device. Original Surface Hub devices aren’t available through Microsoft’s online store, although you can find them online.