updated 06:05 am EST, Fri January 7, 2011
Gen 2.0 version named the Samsung SUR40
Microsoft and Samsung have teamed to reveal the next generation Surface 2.0, the Samsung SUR40 multi-touch computer. The latest iteration of Microsoft's Surface incorporates Microsoft's PixelSense technology in its display. It allows the display to recognize fingers, hands and objects placed on the screen, including more than 50 simultaneous touch points. Pixels in the display 'see' what's touching the screen and that information is immediately processed and interpreted.
The latest version of Microsoft's Surface software has a new look and feel. It also allows commercial application developers to use a new version of the Microsoft Surface SDK and familiar Microsoft development tools to take advantage of the multitouch and object recognition capabilities of PixelSense to deliver unique user experiences. It is powered by an embedded AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core Processor 2.9GHz paired with an AMD Radeon HD 6700M Series GPU featuring DirectX 11 support.
The device is designed for use in retail, hospitality and education contexts and has a slimmer four inches thick form factor, which makes it useable horizontally, or hanging vertically with a VESA mount, or embedded in walls or custom enclosures. Standard legs are available or customers can design and attach their own.
The retail price of the Samsung SUR40 starts at $7,600. It will be available later in 2011 in 23 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.