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Samsung's 40-inch Microsoft Surface Demonstrated on Video

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 21 comments

How long before people describe the Surface as a giant iPad?

Even though it's not exactly a bleeding edge concept anymore with tablets everywhere you look, Microsoft's Surface technology is still cool. On display at the Samsung booth at CES 2012 is the SUR40, which is a 1080p 40-inch LCD that runs the latest Microsoft Surface software.

It's not going to make anyone want to ditch their iPad, Android tablet or even the cheap PlayBooks and TouchPads they're using for couchside browsing, but then again, those aren't huge like Surface. You'll likely find this in business trying to show off their products in a new and innovative way. Check out a video demo below:

Microsoft Surface Samsung SUR40

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    d_kuhn , January 12, 2012 3:40 PM
    1080p is horrible resolution for a 40" computing device display... heck it's horrible for a 20" computing device display. Crank the resolution up (4k hd would be reasonable), give it enough GPU and computing umph to run it snappily... and you've got a cool system - but it better cost less than $2500. (not at all demanding am I?)
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    alvine , January 12, 2012 3:48 PM
    it will serve as a nice coffee table
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    dragonsqrrl , January 12, 2012 4:45 PM
    D_Kuhn1080p is horrible resolution for a 40" computing device display... heck it's horrible for a 20" computing device display. Crank the resolution up (4k hd would be reasonable), give it enough GPU and computing umph to run it snappily... and you've got a cool system - but it better cost less than $2500. (not at all demanding am I?)

    Nooo, not at all... a 40" 4k display would cost more than $2500 by itself.
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    ankaJ42 , January 12, 2012 4:49 PM
    Why is 1080P the magic number for display panels?
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    whiteodian , January 12, 2012 4:56 PM
    This reminds me of the movies when they would have a display laying flat like this and have battle plans or something on it. In a few years it will probably have 3D (without glasses) and be just like those movies. Cool to look at, but not sure I need one.
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    dragonsqrrl , January 12, 2012 4:58 PM
    Am I the only one who thinks that gigantic ass bezel kills the "interactive surface" illusion? I think the experience would be more effective (and more unique) if the entire surface of the table were interactive and dynamic. The large scale multi touch interactivity looks great, the physical shell not so much. It looks like you're interacting with a TV monitor that happens to be rotated 90 degrees so it can also function as a table surface, instead of it being an interactive table surface.
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    dragonsqrrl , January 12, 2012 5:00 PM
    ankaJ42Why is 1080P the magic number for display panels?

    Because it's the current HD standard.
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    Nakal , January 12, 2012 5:17 PM
    Apple will probably sue them for it because it looks like an IPAD, just bigger....
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    dryheat , January 12, 2012 6:05 PM
    Looks clunky to me. Typical Microsoft. The user interface has such a long delay you can see users struggling to move and re-size objects.
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    mrtaylorfrank , January 12, 2012 6:21 PM

    This was in development way before the iPad 2 was even conceptualized
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    cybneo , January 12, 2012 7:41 PM
    eh its ok. the games look nice.
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    dragonsqrrl , January 12, 2012 8:40 PM
    dragonsqrrlAm I the only one who thinks that gigantic ass bezel kills the "interactive surface" illusion?

    ...guess so.
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    asukafan2001 , January 12, 2012 9:01 PM
    so whats the practical purpose of this?
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    joytech22 , January 12, 2012 9:09 PM
    dryheatLooks clunky to me. Typical Microsoft. The user interface has such a long delay you can see users struggling to move and re-size objects.


    I would probably blame Samsung on the hardware front.
    It didn't look as smooth as it should have been.

    The touch panel's resolution (NO not the screens) is probably fairly low for it's size as well.
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    Shin-san , January 12, 2012 9:14 PM
    asukafan2001so whats the practical purpose of this?

    I'm seeing it well-used for commercial applications and presentations, where a very large screen is used for interaction. In fact, this is where it commonly is used. Surface also seems to use a lot of Microsoft developer tools, and if there's one thing that Microsoft is good at, is kissing developer ass.
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    yanjustin98 , January 12, 2012 11:48 PM
    Seems like an interesting and daring approach into the business community with this item. Probably won't be used nearly as much for personal usages. Very interesting idea. I think this might be able to develop even further. For some companies though, they will probably still stick to a large screen or pull down screen with a computer hooked up to it. Who knows?
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    hp79 , January 13, 2012 12:38 AM
    asukafan2001so whats the practical purpose of this?

    Hawaii Five-O.
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    in_the_loop , January 13, 2012 1:04 PM
    The link to the 15 inch 1920x1080 for the person who said he would do backflips if there is a monitor at 20 inch with that resolution didn't work, here is another one:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Supersonic-SC-1512-15-Class-LED-HDTV-W-Built-in-DVD-Player-/230695888030
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    hp79 , January 13, 2012 3:23 PM
    in_the_loopThe link to the 15 inch 1920x1080 for the person who said he would do backflips if there is a monitor at 20 inch with that resolution didn't work, here is another one:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Supersonic [...] 0695888030

    The resolution for that 15.4" screen is 1440 x 900. It will accept 1080p as input, but it won't output at that resolution.
    Although I'd like to see more of the 1080p screens for 20 inch and below, they are very rare. The 13" Sony Z does 1080p, but the basic config laptop costs $2000.
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    jackbling , January 13, 2012 5:51 PM
    ever since i first saw surface, i have wanted a surface ad&d 2nd table
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