Microsoft now taking pre-orders for next gen Surface

If you haven't ever seen or used a Microsoft Surface, you are missing out. By far one of the coolest things to come out of the company in some time is the Surface product and today Microsoft is announcing that pre-orders for the next generation of the Surface are now open.

The product is being built by Samsung and its model number is SUR40. The next generation product builds upon the first generation with Samsung's Pixelsense technology, vertical mount options, and of course a new form factor.

While there is no official posting on price, Long Zheng tweeted that the street price will be $8400 in the US but the price will fluctuate regionally. While this may sound high, it is far cheaper than the first iteration of surface which hit the cash register at $12500.  

Microsoft also wrote on its blog that we should start to see these units in public early next by stating; "Many new and existing customers, such as Aéroports de Paris, Dassault Aviation, Fujifilm Corp. and Royal Bank of Canada, have big plans for the Samsung SUR40 and are preparing to deploy units in locations early next year." The video below was released at CES 2011 but does show the new Surface in action. 

 

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Also, RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) are Surface V2 launch partners.

When these devices start shipping, RBC will be putting them into their finer outlets.
Expect the RBC ones to be vertically mounted (on a wall), rather than on legs.

The RBC demo from CES 2011 had the unit oriented vertically.

It was definitely a good idea to move away from DLP required by V1. This opens more implementation options .

Many of you who read my comments know i work in telecommunicatons.
To differentiate itself from our other retail channels, our premier partner purchased two V1 surface for cell phone comparison application.

Sadly with V1 built on Vista, they spend most of their time off.
Here's hoping Win7 V2 have corrected a lot of the problems V1 had.

They've got them (the 'old model') laying about at school in the library coffee shop. Now and then I'll read a book while sitting at one: it's kind of a neat toy but without some purpose built software I'd argue the experience is worse than just pulling out your laptop while sitting on the couch.

http://pic.twitter.com/ne98jdVm

They have a copule of "touch here for campus map" style software but mostly it's just a web browser. Due to the angle you sit at the table it's less comfortable than using a notebook most of the time.

It's one of those things where it seems like a really cool idea but ultimately it ends up being worse than something like an iPad - and far more costly. I think a 58" LCD TV mounted with the screen facing "up" like a table (under a glass sheet) with kinect would be a more useful interface 90% of the time when you don't have the 1-off software that can interface with objects placed on it, etc. In those situations Surface is just a $10k API license, the real cost is in the programmers you have to employ to get your custom software built. That might be something business can do but it's not something your typical person can afford.

So where are the plugs and cords for that thing... not all people will be able to use that practically in their homes.. actually as of right now I dont see much 'common' usage for it ... which is unfortunate because it is a very 'futuristic' product.

este said,
So where are the plugs and cords for that thing... not all people will be able to use that practically in their homes.. actually as of right now I dont see much 'common' usage for it ... which is unfortunate because it is a very 'futuristic' product.

It just has one power cord as far as I can tell. Not really much else it needs since you're going to use touch with it.

They frequently use the Surface on the show "Leverage". I just wish I had $8500 laying around to buy a Surface 2. <sigh>.

So pretty :drool ... I wish to have one in my house....

Would love putting one in a business in my country, it would be the first one to do so, and it will attract people .

i could see walking into a fancy restaurant and having the menu pop up on the surface. tap a spot to notify your waiter, etc. very interested to see this in person.

the420kid said,
i could see walking into a fancy restaurant and having the menu pop up on the surface. tap a spot to notify your waiter, etc. very interested to see this in person.

IMO, it would be cheaper to deploy iPads for that use.

WhatWarning said,

IMO, it would be cheaper to deploy iPads for that use.

Cheaper, maybe, but not the same, he's talking about it replacing the whole table not just using it as a overpriced replacement for the paper menus they hand out when you walk in. The tablet could do more than just let you order or change your order or call the waiter over etc, it'd have other apps that could be used to keep kids busy so they're not making a fuss or otherwise help time pass quicker till your food came.

Besides, you can't walk off with a surface table.

GP007 said,

Cheaper, maybe, but not the same, he's talking about it replacing the whole table not just using it as a overpriced replacement for the paper menus they hand out when you walk in. The tablet could do more than just let you order or change your order or call the waiter over etc, it'd have other apps that could be used to keep kids busy so they're not making a fuss or otherwise help time pass quicker till your food came.

Besides, you can't walk off with a surface table.

Who said about handing them iPads? Why not have built into the table with a plexiglass covering the iPad that can register touch. Similar to what Apple has done in their stores for the specs and comparison of their items. The tablet would be constantly powered and safely attached inside the table with the plexiglass covering it.

See? Still Cheaper and still safe.

Also it would be two - four per table (depending on size). that way if one kid wants to play one game and another kid wants to play another, everybody would be happy.

The surface table I see useful for hotel lobby information, airport, etc.. like someone else mentioned. Other wise it doesn't pay.

WhatWarning said,

Who said about handing them iPads? Why not have built into the table with a plexiglass covering the iPad that can register touch. Similar to what Apple has done in their stores for the specs and comparison of their items. The tablet would be constantly powered and safely attached inside the table with the plexiglass covering it.

See? Still Cheaper and still safe.

Also it would be two - four per table (depending on size). that way if one kid wants to play one game and another kid wants to play another, everybody would be happy.

The surface table I see useful for hotel lobby information, airport, etc.. like someone else mentioned. Other wise it doesn't pay.

What plexiglass cover can register touch and how much does that go for? In the end you're talking about an even more custom job that can cost how much now?

I see the surface table working for any place that you want to display information, and a restaurant is such a place as well. It's only limited in it's use by the apps writen for it and nothing else.

GP007 said,

What plexiglass cover can register touch and how much does that go for? In the end you're talking about an even more custom job that can cost how much now?

I see the surface table working for any place that you want to display information, and a restaurant is such a place as well. It's only limited in it's use by the apps writen for it and nothing else.

Go into an Apple store. All of their items (iPhones, Mac books, even the iPads) have iPads for a description. They have done it in four apple stores in the NYC metropolatian area so maybe it's not by you yet?

Anyway, the iPads have a protective screen (some sort of plastic or glass). It's pretty cool because it's not a paper description sign for the item.

Both what I said and what you said are very gimmiky items. But in the long run, the ipad will be a lot cheaper.

Four iPads per table costs about $2K. You're telling me that it will cost more than $6K to build one table with four iPads in it? Highly unlikely. You are merely cutting a hole in the table and adding a box underneath the iPad which will not be more than 2-inches deep. The best part is the iPads can be swapped out every three years for the better ones. What happens when a better OS is released and better hardware is released for the Surface table? Too costly.

dotf said,

You can drop an ipad and damage it, you cannot drop a surface.

See my previous post though. Don't take what you quoted there at face value. It's more innovative than just saying "here have an iPad. please don't break it."

WhatWarning said,
Four iPads per table costs about $2K. You're telling me that it will cost more than $6K to build one table with four iPads in it? Highly unlikely. You are merely cutting a hole in the table and adding a box underneath the iPad which will not be more than 2-inches deep. The best part is the iPads can be swapped out every three years for the better ones. What happens when a better OS is released and better hardware is released for the Surface table? Too costly.

iPads cannot SEE things pressed against the screen, surface can.
That in and of itself is the differentiating factor, and the reason for the price.

Did Surface really get anywhere in Europe? I've never seen one in the wild, as it were, only photos and videos.

Then again, I imagine that I don't visit the kind of places happy to pay $12,500 per table.

Intrinsica said,
Did Surface really get anywhere in Europe? I've never seen one in the wild, as it were, only photos and videos.

Then again, I imagine that I don't visit the kind of places happy to pay $12,500 per table.

Well, I would think these are perfect for information booths in airports, museums and malls.

Intrinsica said,
Did Surface really get anywhere in Europe? I've never seen one in the wild, as it were, only photos and videos.

Then again, I imagine that I don't visit the kind of places happy to pay $12,500 per table.


I saw one in a museum once ; it had a nice app with cards containing a picture and a description.
But people were only interested in moving the cards and making them bigger using their hands, the actual content wasn't interesting them.