Google’s Jamboard, a giant 4K digital whiteboard designed for workplace collaboration, is getting a price tag of $4,999 and a release date sometime this May. The details were revealed today as part of suite of new announcements from the Google Cloud Next conference. The Jamboard, which was first shown off back in October, is essentially Google’s direct response to Microsoft’s Surface Hub, which is also a 55-inch touchscreen you can draw and write on.
However, unlike the Jamboard, the Surface Hub started shipping last March for an eye-popping $8,999 — or $21,999 for the 84-inch version. That makes Google’s new alternative more appealing for cost-conscious offices, even when you add in the $600 annual support fee. Beyond cost, however, the two devices don’t differ that drastically. The Surface Hub allowing for 100 simultaneous touch points over the Jamboard’s 16, yet the Jamboard packs a 4K screen into its 55-inch model, while the Surface Hub reserves that resolution bump for its 84-inch version.
Both sync with each companies’ respective enterprise app suite. But Jamboard does have the added benefit of Google search, Hangouts, and Cast capabilities, which some organizations may be more comfortable with compared with Microsoft’s Bing and Miracast integrations for the Surface Hub. Here’s a full spec rundown:
- 55-inch 4K UHD display
- 120 Hz touch scan rate / 60 Hz video refresh rate
- 16 simultaneous touch points
- Handwriting and shape recognition
- Built-in tilt support / Built-in wide-angle camera
- Down-firing speakers / Built-in microphones
- HDMI 2.0, USB Type C, 2 X USB 3.0
- SPDIF audio out
- Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2x2 / 1 Gigabyte Ethernet
- Google Cast
- 2 x Fine tip passive stylus, Eraser, Microfiber cloth
- Rolling stand is an additional accessory
Correction: An earlier version of this article mistakenly said Microsoft’s Surface Hub 55-inch contains a 4K screen. Only the 84-inch model has a 4K screen.