Big Microsoft event likely coming in October: two high-end Lumias and new Surface
Microsoft is about to shake up things in the Windows Phone space with a massive event in October when it will unveil not one, but two new high-end Lumia Windows Phone (or rather Windows 10) smartphones, along with a new edition of the Surface Pro tablet - the Surface Pro 4 - as well as the second generation of the sensor-laden cuff, the Microsoft Band 2. The information first surfaced from Chinese website WPDang, but today gets confirmed by sources speaking for TheVerge. Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella also said earlier that the company will unveil new phones by the end of the year.
Two Lumias: Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL
Following in the tradition established by Samsung and now followed by Apple, Microsoft is set to reveal two high-end devices: a smaller, regular sized one, and a big-screen phablet - the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.
Some rumors have already surfaced revealing the possible specs of these new phones: a Snapdragon 808 system chip with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage that - thankfully - can be expanded via microSD cards. Both are said to have a Quad HD resolution, but the display on the Lumia 950 will be a 5.2-inch one, while the Lumia 950 XL will have a larger, 5.7-inch screen.
Surface Pro 4
The Surface Pro 4 is expected to retain the design and overall styling of the previous Surface models, two of the features that have proven popular with business customers, where adoption of the tablet is high.
The big upgrades, however, are expected to come on the inside, where the tablet should get brand new and more powerful silicon. Some rumors even go as far as to suggest that the Surface Pro 4 might feature an Intel RealSense depth camera and a fingerprint reader. We're doubtful that all of this will come true, but some of those features might make it through.
Microsoft Band 2
The sensor-laden Microsoft Band has been popular with a particular set of fitness and health enthusiasts, and this year, the Microsoft Band 2 is expected to make an official appearance. There are no clear details about the upgrades to its functionality, but rumors suggest a more ergonomic and comfortable to wear design.
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