At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year, the staff at PLuGHiTz Live! Radio was able to see Microsoft show off their new Microsoft Surface 2.0 technology which yielded major improvements over Surface 1.0. Their trademarked PixelSense technology allows the LCD display to recognize over 50 points of contact at once and the demonstration at the Microsoft Keynote ended with 20 fingers simultaneously bombarding the Samsung SUR40 LCD screen for about 30 seconds with seemingly no lag or response and rendering issues. They also made the announcement that Surface 2.0 would be available sometime late in 2011 which we had completely forgotten about until the recent announcement for the pre-order that is now open to 23 countries including the U.S. and Canada.
If you're a little curious as to the hardware involved:
40" LCD screen with 1920x1080 (1080p) resolution
AMD Radeon HD 6700M Series GPU with DirectX 11 support
AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core Processor 2.9GHz
Windows 7 Professional OS
Never had a chance to see it in action? Check if your country is one of the 23 able to pre-order and how much you might expect to spend per unit after the break.
The Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface will be available in 23 countries (see list below). Samsung is currently evaluating product demand in additional countries. Please contact the Samsung representative for your country to determine product availability. They will assess demand for the SUR40 product with English language Microsoft Surface 2.0 software in additional markets in a second phase product offering.
Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface is available for pre-order in the following countries:
- Saudi Arabia
- Hong Kong
At CES 2011 Microsoft also announced that Samsung SUR40 price tag would be dropped from $12,000, at the Surface 1.0 technology price, to $7,600 for the new Surface 2.0 Samsung SUR40. Microsoft Surface technology has been behind the scenes for quite some time now so it will be nice to see more it in a commercial setting while keeping my eyes on OmniTouch technology as well. For those interested in placing an order, contact your Samsung rep here.