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

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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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