In order to replace the first-generation Surface Hub, which is no longer supported, with significantly more capable and attractive hardware, Microsoft launched the second-generation model in 2018. One peculiarity of the Surface Hub 2 allows users to easily upgrade or repair the device’s internals: simply remove one screw to release the complete compute module, which includes the CPU, RAM, motherboard, and any other components you might wish to replace.
According to a recent source, Microsoft is developing a more potent cartridge for the Surface Hub 2. The new model, code-named “Upward,” will replace the original, outdated (8th Gen Intel CPUs, precisely like the Cartridge Unit from Futurama) module with 11th Gen Intel processors. Unfortunately, in addition to the claimed rotating feature, additional specifications and costs are yet unknown. The long-promised Surface Hub 2X with its abandoned Windows Core OS is also not mentioned. Regarding the release dates, Windows Central asserts that Microsoft plans to introduce the Upward sometime in 2023.
You shouldn’t anticipate Microsoft to sell you a Surface Hub 2 through its online shop anytime soon because the company targets enterprise customers with the device and its peripherals (compute cartridge or the recently launched $800 web camera). The 15-inch Surface Laptop 5 is the largest Surface currently available for the typical consumer, and the built-in SSD is the sole component that can be changed just as readily as the compute module in the Surface Hub 2.