When Microsoft offered a preview of the second generation of ‘Surface’, the multi-touch system designed for interactive computing experiences,it appealed to a lot of people. Since, the original Surface hardware was a bulky piece of equipment, the newer version was still large but much sleeker, bringing in a number of technological advancements, also the ability to mount the display on a wall, in addition to the original ‘table-top’ configuration.
In fact,the Surface 2.0 hardware is a system owned by Samsung known as the SUR40. Its aptly named SUR 40 due to its 40-inch 1080p display which is capable of handling fifty simultaneous touch inputs, and is protected by the largest sheet of Gorilla Glass ever applied to a screen. The display uses Microsoft’s new PixelSense technology, which essentially infuses each pixel with both optical and infrared sensors that enable the screen to recognize fingers and other objects that interact with it without the use of cameras.
Well this has been all about the exteriors,On the inside, it’s nothing but a PC, with an AMD Athlon X2 245e 2.9GHz processor and a 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6750 GPU, along with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 320GB hard drive, while the Surface 2.0 software is built on top of 64-bit Windows 7 Professional.
At the time of Surface 2.0’s unveiling in January, Microsoft promised that it would be made available “later in 2011” in over twenty markets across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. The Microsoft Surface website still stands by that commitment, but ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley has revealed confirmation from Samsung that the availability of the SUR40 has been pushed back to January 2012.She suggests that some developers for the Surface platform had hinted at issues with the underlying system software, and that these may be, at least in part, to blame for the delay.
Microsoft had introduced its software development kit (SDK) for Surface 2.0 back in July, to allow developers to create new applications for the updated platform.
If and when it arrives it surely won’t be a cheap piece of equipment, the SUR40 is expected to sell for $7,600.But this is still considerably cheaper than the original Surface product, which had a starting price of over $12,000.