Samsung starts to ship Surface 2.0 displays

Microsoft's Surface 2.0 touch screen technology is now heading out to the world. A new press release from Samsung today announced that its Samsung SUR40 display with Microsoft Surface has started shipping. The Samsung SUR40 display is selling for $8,400 while the tabletop version with stand will sell for $9,049. That's still cheaper than the original version of Surface, which cost over $12,000.  Microsoft started taking pre-orders for the display in November.

The product itself has a 40 inch 1080 LCD LED display using Gorilla protection glass . The combination of Surface 2.0 with Microsoft’s PixelSense technology lets the screen "see" a user without the use of cameras. The press release states, "The new SUR40 makes it possible for people to share, collaborate and explore together using a large, thin display. Not only can the SUR40 recognize fingers and hands, but it can also detect other objects placed on the screen supporting up to 50 points of contact at one time.

The press release also lists the hardware specifications for the Samsung SUR40 display. Among other things it has an AMD Athlon X2 245e 2.9GHz dual core processor, an AMD Radeon HD 6750 1GB GDDRS graphics card, a 320 GB hard drive, 4 GB of DDR 3 RAM, four USB ports and an SD card reader.

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FMH said,
Why so much delay? Wasn't it revealed at the CES event of last year.

Probably a combination of hardware delays from Samsung and then MS needing to tweak the software + timing to get costs down. There would be really no way to sell Surface 2.0 if they couldn't get the costs down at some point.

GP007 said,

Probably a combination of hardware delays from Samsung and then MS needing to tweak the software + timing to get costs down. There would be really no way to sell Surface 2.0 if they couldn't get the costs down at some point.

Yeah. Maybe by Surface 10 I can afford one.

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah. Maybe by Surface 10 I can afford one.

And by Surface 25, it would eventually become free!

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah. Maybe by Surface 10 I can afford one.


If they cut the price half with every version I'd consider it affordable starting with gen 3. That would be about 3000€ - the 2. gen was announced to cost 6000€… - 3000€ is not that much more than some people pay for a normal PC… (up to and more than 2000€)

I'll be interested to see this go mainstream over the next 12-24 months. I loved the idea when I first saw it a fair few years back. Glad to say it's still been ongoing behind the scenes.

My only slight worry about this is sound. How loud is it going to be? Not to play Audio, but with the hardware setup and fans etc.

If this is put in homes and kitchens in smaller sizes too, I think it could be a giant leap for touchscreen tech which currently is almost universally dedicated to Smartphones/Tabs currently.

onedrummer2401 said,
i was at a museum once that had the surface 1.0, and it was silent.

Was it off? The Surface 1 is sure as hell not silent - can't be due to the projector. I should know I've been using one for half a year now…

Iridium said,
Watch pixel sense become the new kinnect platform. The whole tv will be one giant lens.

different purpose, different technology. So no

XerXis said,

different purpose, different technology. So no

Um WHAT!!! DID YOU READ THE ARTICLE? How is it a different purpose, Microsoft is one company looking for ways to make the best natural language UI systems. Kinect right now is limited by size of lens and spacing of the lenses. If you can create what is essentially a giant insect eye then why not mesh it with Kinect. Go to YouTube and watch the show called the Edge. What i am saying is not some random postulation to sound like im knowledgeable, its just common sense.

Iridium said,

Um WHAT!!! DID YOU READ THE ARTICLE? How is it a different purpose, Microsoft is one company looking for ways to make the best natural language UI systems. Kinect right now is limited by size of lens and spacing of the lenses. If you can create what is essentially a giant insect eye then why not mesh it with Kinect. Go to YouTube and watch the show called the Edge. What i am saying is not some random postulation to sound like im knowledgeable, its just common sense.

It doesn't work that way. They showed the output of PixelSense during last year's CES. It can't see farther than an inch so it's best suited to touch screen input. The Kinect is for seeing you, PS is for detecting touch. They are completely different technologies for completely different purposes.

pack34 said,

It doesn't work that way. They showed the output of PixelSense during last year's CES. It can't see farther than an inch so it's best suited to touch screen input. The Kinect is for seeing you, PS is for detecting touch. They are completely different technologies for completely different purposes.

Agreed. And I am glad that Microsoft is looking at the best way to do different things as well, not just looking to shoehorn one of their technologies into another use...

Iridium said,
Watch pixel sense become the new kinnect platform. The whole tv will be one giant lens.

you mean camera. Kinect is a camera...not a "lens"

Iridium said,
Watch pixel sense become the new kinnect platform. The whole tv will be one giant lens.

you mean camera. Kinect is a camera...not a "lens"

In a digital camera there is a lens that light passes through and hits an array chip that has millions of sensors detercting the light frequency / colour at each point in the array . This representation reproduces the image. Pixelsense is kind of the array and lens built into one. The thing is, it wont just sense like 2-3 cm infront of it for long because look at how insect eyes or even invertebrate eyes like those found on an octopus work. It wont be long until pixelsense will see a range that makes it suitable for applications such as kinect. I mean we could debate this for a while here, but if nature can achieve these results we will eventually do better.

sam232 said,
Samsung/Microsoft, probably the innovation leaders of the world (in IT) at the current moment.
I love seeing what MS R&D has been working on. Most of the time it gives us a pretty good sense of what's possible with technology that's already readily available.