Microsoft's SUR40 Surface shipping in early 2012 for $8400

By on November 17, 2011, 1:30 PM

Samsung has put the Microsoft Surface SUR40 up for pre-order on their website. The second-generation Surface device is less bulky than the original and features a 40-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass.

The 4-inch thin device is powered by an AMD Athlon II X2 dual-core processor that operates at 2.9GHz alongside an AMD HD6750M GPU with DirectX 11 support. Additional hardware includes a 320GB hard drive, 4GB of DDR3 memory, 100 / 1000 Ethernet and a Realtek audio chip, all running Windows 7 Professional x64. Average power consumption is listed at 200 watts. The display can track more than 50 simultaneous touch points thanks to a technology called PixelSense.

Owners can configure the SUR40 in a number of different ways – using it as a table, hanging it on the wall with the VESA mount or embedding it into a wall or custom enclosure.

Microsoft’s original Surface was announced in 2007 and reached the first set of customers in 2008. Those customers typically include business partners with optimal use found in hospitality environments like restaurants, hotels, retail and public entertainment venues. Notable appearances include MSNBC using the Surface during the 2008 US presidential election and on EXTRA! Entertainment news.

Microsoft first demoed the SUR40 at the 2011 CES in January but had to delay the release for a full year as they worked to correct software issues. It is currently available for pre-order in 23 different countries including the US and is expected to ship early next year for $8,400.

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gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

They should bundle it with RUSE.

dotVezz said:

Why are there so many things I want to spend my money on? >_<

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Now THAT is an iPad!

Ubwarcher07 said:

Finally something to do at the dinner table

Guest said:

Soon to be cheaper and affordable i hope if they just sell the table screen and let customers hook up their own PC.

And it's Samsung! +1

Win7Dev said:

Athlon x2 = Not that great of performance for 2012. That's a ridiculous price considering a regular 80 led tv is only $2500 in the US. Even if the screen costs $5000 they still make like $3000 in profit per device sold.

captainawesome captainawesome said:

I'd rather make my own and somehow find a way to put that software on it.

Check this: [link]

Guest said:

@win7Dev, sure, why not put you 80" on the table, and spill a cup of water on it, and have your kid bang on it with a spoon, and see what happens?

chaboi390 said:

and then someone sneezes.... :|

Guest said:

Excellent! Now I can finally buy the mapping computer from the movie ALIENS (1986).

They had a similiar device in the scene where they were figuring out where the rest of Hadley's Hope survivors are located.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

The system hardware is worth about 1k, it is quite low by today's standards. 8k asking price is taking the piss. Oh, and imagine buying a 10" pad today with resolution of 400x400 pixels - because this is what you get when you use it same close. Rubbish.

Guest said:

That's just the cost of the device. I wonder how much it is to find a developer to actually create custom software for Surface.

Guest said:

To clarify,

1- this is not a home user machine. It is for business use. ( i still want one though)

2- It not a normal multitouch monitor. it can identify more than 50 points and it knows the shape of the thing that is on it. For example, if you put your hand on it, it will see a full hand. If you brush with a hand brush, it will see the brush hairs.

3- As someone mentioned, it can handle a little rough use.

4- You are paying for the Surface software that it has, which the part MS has contributed to the whole thing. in fact MS will only get the software license from samsung.

5- You are paying for years of development from MS and Samsung to come up with this innovative solution.

Source: I will be selling this thing.

Guest said:

i want one to play Pong on it

Zecias said:

this + kinect would be amazing

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