Microsoft today have announced some subtle but important updates to their Surface family which I wanted to share with you quickly.
As always, I welcome any comments and thoughts – are you a fan or always on Surface range? What’s your thoughts on Hub 2S?
Surface Pro 7+ (not the “Pro 8”) Launched
The Surface Pro 5 shipped with an LTE variant which was and remained popular but neither the Pro 6 nor Pro 7 included an LTE variant which was extremely frustrating for organisations that wanted always on Surface Devices. Until now the only way to that was to move to the ARM based Surface Pro X or the baby Surface Go LTE...until now that is!
Announcing -the Surface Pro 7+ (yes, not sure why it’s not the Pro 8)
The Pro 7+ includes the following key updates to last year’s Surface Pro 7:
- 11th Gen Processor options
- Dual-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-1115G4 Processor (Wi-Fi)
- Quad-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 Processor (Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi AND LTE)
- Quad-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 Processor (Wi-Fi)
- Same form factor as Pro 7
- 2.1x faster than the Pro 7 (10th Gen)
- Optional LTE Support on select models
- Battery is bigger and longer with 4.5x better than the Pro 5 LTE
- Now includes removable SSD – like the Surface ProX
Surface Hub 2S 85”
The latest news here is that shipping of the latest giant 85″ Surface Hub has started shipping with US, UK and other shipping this month (existing orders) and EU following in early Feb followed by other regions such as Asia-Pac / India etc by March 2021.
Surface Hub2S 85″ (courtesy Microsoft)
Microsoft spent a bit of time focusing on the huge achievements they have made here, not just on getting the device ready, but getting it ready for shipment and fulfilment globally – which given the pressures on manufacturing due to COVID-19 and Microsoft’s previous “challenges” in getting Surface Hub v1 into market this was well called out!
For those not familiar, Hub 2 S 85″ is a beast but a thing of beauty. If builds on the gorgeous look and familiar Surface family feel but also provides a nice upgrade to the (now 5-year-old) Surface Hub V1 84″. It’s still heavy at 85kgs but won’t require 4 of the “world’s strongest man contestants” at least to move into position and wall mount it. There’s also of course the familiar Steelcase wall mounts and roam stands available.
You can see the full spec’s in the image below