Microsoft Surface 2.0 wins Popular Science best of what’s new award

By Tom Warren, on 16th Nov 11 6:28 pm with 10 Comments

Microsoft Surface 2

Microsoft’s next-generation Surface computer has won Popular Science’s best of what’s new award for 2011.

Microsoft originally unveiled its second generation Surface computer at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. The Surface 2.0 is a vast improvement from the original Surface and allows retailers to purchase the system at a much lower cost. Popular Science named the Surface 2 the “best of what’s new for 2011″ on Wednesday.The Surface 2.0 will be priced at around $7,600 and features a multicore CPU and GPU by AMD. The samsung SUR40 is made up of an AMD Athlon 2.9GHz dual core processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 6750 GPU and a 40-inch HD LCD display.

The display at the heart of the Surface 2 allows for more than 50 points of contacts and is coated in Gorilla Glass for protection. The top part of Microsoft’s Surface 2 uses the biggest piece of gorilla glass that has ever been bonded to an LCD. Microsoft has worked hard with Samsung to ensure the product is suitable for use in locations such as night clubs, bars and food outlets. Although the unit is not “water proof”, both Samsung and Microsoft worked to create drain channels on the device for instances when liquid hits the unit. Microsoft’s Windows 7 will power the new Surface. Samsung manufactures the device in partnership with Microsoft and the new model is just 4-inches thick. Due to the new size of the Surface 2, customers have the option to mount it vertically.

The Surface 2 also responds to objects using optical tag recognition and the ability to read objects using Microsoft’s new PixelSense technology. PixelSense is a proprietary Microsoft technology developed by the company over the past few years. An infrared and optical sensor powers every display pixel and gives an LCD display the power to recognize fingers, hands and objects placed on the screen. As a result there’s over a million sensors in the device seeing what’s on the screen.

Microsoft delivered its Surface 2.0 SDK in July which features a greater Metro style design. Application developers can now target Surface and Windows 7 touch enabled PCs thanks to the fact the Surface runs an embedded version of Windows 7.

  • Anonymous

    A real time strategy game for this platform would be incredible.

  • Test1ngi23

    A wall mounted “Surface” would give “Windows” a whole new meaning.

    • Guest

      Surface 2 is already wall mountable, shill.

    • L2nak

      Way over your head

  • Anonymous

    Surface is really cool and eventually I think you will see the investment pay off for MS when they can get it down to a price that consumers can stomache.  If this were 1k instead of 7k I would get one without hesitation.  Now if I owned an establishment, I would happily buy one or more of the 7k models to wow my customers.

  • Guest

    This product is a solution looking for a problem, I wish they would have spent the time and money creating a Ipad product first

    • Kane Peterson

      Just think of this as a 40″ iPad.  Just requires a big lap!

    • Guest

      Yeah, guess that explains all the companies buying it. /s

  • JimmyFal

    I wish Samsung would give me a 27″ display with a bad ass resolution for under $500.

  • Michael Segal

    It is sad to see so much good effort go into an expensive niche product.  This is a caricature of how Microsoft missed the boat on the importance of mobility in tablets.  Hopefully Windows 8 will be the beginning of Microsoft getting this right.