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Microsoft's Next-Gen Surface Available for Pre-Order

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Business can now front a meaty $8,400 USD for Microsoft's next-gen Surface table computer, the Samsung SUR40.

Microsoft reports that the next-generation Surface "touch-based table computer" is now available for pre-order through Samsung resellers in 23 countries worldwide. Commercial businesses that have a spare $8,400 in their wallet can head here to find a local representative and establish their place in line when the unit begins to ship in early 2012.

Called the Samsung SUR40, the device features PixelSense technology which gives LCD panels the ability to see without the use of cameras. It recognizes up to 50 points of simultaneous touch -- including fingers, hands and other objects placed on the screen -- thanks to 2 million sensors that have been built into the panel to pick up visible or infrared light.

In addition to the new touch technology, the second-generation Surface sports a more powerful processor and new system software. As seen ten months ago back at CES 2011, it can also be used horizontally or vertically given that it no longer needs projector cameras (like the first-gen model). It's also cheaper than its predecessor which cost a hefty $12,500 back in 2008.

"This pre-order phase brings us one step closer to getting the highly anticipated Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface into the hands of our customers," said Charles Park, vice president at Samsung Electronics. "The Samsung SUR40 delivers a unique interactive experience that will significantly change the way companies engage with their customers."

For more information about the next-generation Surface device, head here. Software developers interested in creating solutions for the Samsung SUR40 can get started immediately by visiting the Surface Developer Center. Product availability in additional markets is expected in the coming months.

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    sixdegree , November 19, 2011 3:06 PM
    Apple should copy it, flatten it, give it white color scheme, name it iTable, and sell it for $16,800 (there's 100% mark up, right there).
  • 15 Hide
    TeKEffect , November 19, 2011 11:28 AM
    I was looking for a dining room table
  • 12 Hide
    ojas , November 19, 2011 12:47 PM
    Thank god they didn't say "biggest tablet ever"...
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  • 15 Hide
    TeKEffect , November 19, 2011 11:28 AM
    I was looking for a dining room table
  • 12 Hide
    ojas , November 19, 2011 12:47 PM
    Thank god they didn't say "biggest tablet ever"...
  • 4 Hide
    spookie , November 19, 2011 1:59 PM
    I would really love to have this in my dinning room!
  • 2 Hide
    Shin-san , November 19, 2011 2:09 PM
    Surface is one of the coolest things to come out of Microsoft, plus gave Stephen Colbert the Snoppy gag
  • 17 Hide
    sixdegree , November 19, 2011 3:06 PM
    Apple should copy it, flatten it, give it white color scheme, name it iTable, and sell it for $16,800 (there's 100% mark up, right there).
  • 10 Hide
    NightLight , November 19, 2011 4:49 PM
    sixdegreeApple should copy it, flatten it, give it white color scheme, name it iTable, and sell it for $16,800 (there's 100% mark up, right there).


    don't kid about that, they'll do it!!
  • 11 Hide
    pliskin1 , November 19, 2011 5:13 PM
    sixdegreeApple should copy it, flatten it, patent it, give it white color scheme, name it iTable, and sell it for $16,800 (there's 100% mark up, right there).

    There fixed it for ya.
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    AbdullahG , November 19, 2011 7:39 PM
    That's an expensive table...
  • 3 Hide
    joytech22 , November 19, 2011 7:54 PM
    Good thing it isn't a scanner too.. Would bring a whole new generation of people scanning their butts on it..
  • 0 Hide
    inglburt , November 19, 2011 8:39 PM
    Then they will sue Microsoft.
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    JOSHSKORN , November 19, 2011 8:44 PM
    joytech22Good thing it isn't a scanner too.. Would bring a whole new generation of people scanning their butts on it..

    I just had a flashback of an episode of Married...with Children where Marci has a party at the bank and she's sitting on the copy machine...making copies.
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    crapfacednoob , November 20, 2011 2:08 AM
    ojasThank god they didn't say "biggest tablet ever"...


    You sir, win.
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    Khimera2000 , November 20, 2011 2:10 AM
    does this mean that the coffee table can see you make "whoopie" on top of it? It would definitely be funny to hear the table cheering you on, or telling you to stop that... it stains : ))
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    gelid , November 20, 2011 1:16 PM
    but can it play Crisis?
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    _Cubase_ , November 20, 2011 9:48 PM
    Dear Microsoft,

    Please, please, please, please, please market this this thing correctly, nurture it correctly, and don't let frikken Apple come out and say they did it first!

    A frustrated fan.
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    tanjo , November 21, 2011 5:07 AM
    Won't your back hurt when you use this for a long time?