Surface Hub is the Microsoft collaboration hardware in meetings. It combines several roles, mostly digital whiteboard and videoconferencing, with Teams, Skype and OneNote embedded in a combined, integrated package. The 50-inch 2S is only a bit down: it has a specially built 3: 2 ratio of 4K (3840 × 2560 with 1
As we expect from Microsoft, the screen looks great. It has a matt finish (the reflections are too difficult to avoid otherwise), so it's not enough to get a glow, but it's far better than many of the 1080p screens I've seen in offices all over the world. Using the techniques that are refined by the construction of their portable devices, the Hub 2 display integrates the sensor layers into the screen glass, a design that makes the screen itself much thinner and reduces the parallax error when using a pen (3mm first generation , up to 1.7mm in this).
The software that works is an updated version of the original Surface Hub platform. Although based on Windows 10, this is not Windows 10; it can not run arbitrary Win32 applications, only Universal Windows Platform applications, and at least partly due to its specialized nature: when you finish a meeting, everything you draw on the board or in OneNote, chat transcripts, and so on. , is saved in a network location and then your entire session is dropped without leaving a trace of what you've done so the machine is virgin for the next meeting.
But here's where things get complicated. The initial announcement last May was not about "Surface Hub 2S". It was for Surface Hub 2, and Microsoft demonstrated a number of clean possibilities: the rotation of the screen between portrait and landscape modes was seamlessly smooth and up to five of the systems could be placed in portrait mode to make a giant display. In fact, Surface Hub 2S has a built-in rotating mechanism. Try to rotate the screen and it will not move. This is because something announced in September: Surface Hub 2 is divided into two models with 2S available this year and 2X next year. It is believed that the main reason for this separation is the software. Surface Hub 2 is expected to ship with an upgraded version of Windows 10 and a new version of its user interface that will not be ready this year. Features such as smooth screen refresh during rotation and multi-display capabilities depend on this new software, so as this is not complete, Surface Hub 2S does not.
However, Microsoft does not want to leave Surface Hub 2S buyers. When Surface Hub 2X is released next year, it will be possible to upgrade 2S units to 2X specification and set of features. This will not be just a software update; will also require a hardware upgrade. Surface Hub 2 puts your processor, memory, and memory into a removable module that is placed on the back of the system. Owners of 2S will be able to install a 2X computing module when it becomes available, and it will provide them with upgraded system software and new rotation / multi-screen facilities.
The current 2S calculation module is designed to lock a rotating mechanism; there is a small bulb that prevents rotation of the screen. As far as I can understand, it is still possible and maintained to switch between portrait and landscape mode but this requires removing the 2S calculation module, rotating the screen and then re-inserting the 2S re-lock screen into its new
Module Specifications for 2X Calculation? Unknown. Availability? Also unknown. Price? It's not zero, but how high is it supposed. What will companies do with all their outdated 2S computing modules after they have upgraded to 2X? Again, a mystery.