Microsoft announces Surface Hub 3 with Portrait Mode

Microsoft has revealed the Surface Hub 3, the latest version of the company’s all-in-one collaborative touchscreen device. Unlike its predecessors, the Surface Hub 3 supports smart rotation and portrait mode, allowing users to physically rotate the screen to vertical orientation while the layout automatically updates.

The Surface Hub 3 comes in two sizes: 50 and 85 inches. As is the case with previous devices, the Surface Hub 3 is intended to be placed in conference rooms as a replacement for TVs and monitors. The device runs Microsoft Teams on Windows, meaning the device will provide a “consistent experience across all meeting locations”, allowing users to “easily transition from one room to another.” Microsoft says the Surface Hub will also feature an AI-powered CoPilot in the future.

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In terms of technical specifications, the Surface Hub 3 features a high-resolution 4K PixelSense display with anti-glare coating. Additionally, Microsoft says the Surface Hub 3 delivers a 60 percent increase in processing power and a 160 percent boost in graphics performance. It also lets people use two Surface Hub Pens or Surface Slim Pens at the same time with 20 points of multitouch.

Microsoft announced the second-generation Surface Hub 2S in March with support for Teams Rooms on Windows. However, Microsoft notes that Surface Hub 2S devices can upgrade to the “full Surface Hub 3 experience” with the Surface Hub 3 Pack, a cartridge that users can swap into the 2S to get the Hub 3’s updated features .

Microsoft says that in addition to the Surface Hub 3 packs, the Surface Hub 3 will be available to purchase from Surface device resellers later this year. It’s still unclear how much the new Surface Hub 3 will cost, but it likely won’t be cheap, given that the Surface Hub 2S starts at around $9,000.

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