Microsoft has announced a delayed arrival of the Surface Hub once again, alongside a price increase for new orders. Despite previously postponing the device's launch, the company is now looking to ship the Surface Hub in the early months of the new year.
The company now plans to begin shipping the device Q1 of 2016, rather than the previously proposed date of January 1st . When the Surface Hub was first revealed earlier this year, Microsoft claimed that it was expecting to deliver the first units by July 1st, but this was later pushed forward by six months, due to an overwhelming demand.
Alongside the confirmation of the delay, the company stated that all Surface Hub variations will be seeing pricing increases, to match what Microsoft deems reasonable:
“After evaluating the market opportunity and considering the unique collaboration scenarios Surface Hub offers, we believe these are the right prices to drive the business and the category forward”
The cheapest variant of the Surface Hub, which comes in at 55-inches, will be available from Microsoft for $8,999, with a higher-tier 84-inch model at $21,999. This is a $2000 increase on both models, in comparison to prices announced last year.
While the Surface Hub initially gained widespread attention and a large number of pre-orders, multiple delays and today’s pricing alterations could change how the device is perceived by enterprise customers. While Microsoft will honor the initial pricing for all existing orders, the delay in availability could affect business plans.