In a partnership with Samsung, Microsoft’s latest Surface gadget, 2.0, is now available for pre-order and will be shipping this month. What is Microsoft Surface? Introduced years ago (and in a much more bulky package might I add), it’s a tabletop that is basically a complete touch screen and essentially a giant tablet.
At one time, it was pegged as the future of computing and was very futuristic at it’s time, but it never really did take off. The biggest reason is the price tag. The original Microsoft Surface cost $12,500 for a commercial unit and that’s just the unit itself without the stand.
This new version however is priced less, but not much less. Version 2.0 will run you $8,400 for just the tabletop and $9,049 including the matching stand. For that price, you’d expect pretty amazing specs, right? As far as hardware goes, not exactly, but it gets the job done.
- 40 inch 1080p LCD touchscreen Gorilla Glass display
- 2.9GHZ AMD Athlon II X2 processor
- AMD Radeon HD 6750 graphics card with 1GB GDDR5 RAM
- 4GB RAM
- 320GB storage
- 4 USB ports, SD card reader, Gigabit ethernet, Wireless N support, Bluetooth
- Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
What’s interesting to note is that the touchscreen is capable of supporting up to 50 simultaneous touch points. Quite a bit more than your average iPad or tablet.
Now, this is a pretty amazing device at the end of the day. The price tag will keep it out of the mass majority of consumers hands and more into businesses hands. The concept is still fairly new and maybe one day we’ll see an affordable tabletop of this nature in more homes across the globe.