Big Microsoft event likely coming in October: two high-end Lumias and new Surface

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.

Are you excited about these future Microsoft announcements? And is there still hope for the Windows mobile platform? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

source: TheVerge



1. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

I'll wait till October. But I the phones have protruding camera modules just to be thin les than 7-8mm, I'll not buy. I want 5" display, maybe 5.2" but this is max from me. I do not want protruding camera and capacitive buttons: hardware or on screen ones. I like windows mobile a lot, but I want business, sexy, capable phone... Next 930.. will see.

5. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You want something like this... Yes that concept have a flush removable lens that allows dslr type of lens to be attached. Inside if I remember correctly there is a 1in sensor in tow.

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2627; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Um... Isn't exactly the same story already present a little ways down on the homepage?

3. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Lol yes.

4. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

As a real enthusiast for the WindowsPhone OS, I'm almost to the point where I don't even care anymore. We have been let down repeatedly going all the way back to the beginning of 2014 when the Lumia 930/Icon released as a Verizon exclusive. The only thing that has me hopeful is that they made a solid low/mid-range phablet with the 640XL. If they could do another at the $400 mark, they might get my money again.

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I was able to grab a 930 without any issues for use on Tmo. So far the best phone me and my wife have owned, only wish for an sd slot.

7. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I have hope that they have learned the error of their ways and will make at least one of the two flagships released this year accessible to all who want it and not just one carrier. That's the reason I left Windows Phone last fall. Test the waters and try a different OS while Microsoft got their strategy together and I finally believe they have done that this year. I expect the app gap to be less of an issue and market share to begin growing with favorable alternatives to Samsung and the Android army of phones and the iPhone.

9. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Microsoft will not likely make a version for verizon. Verizon has a terrible history for supporting Windows Phone, the Lumia Icon which was made especially for Verizon, was pulled from the shelves not long after it was released. Additionally the majority of the world used GSM not the backwards CDMA technology that Verizon uses.

8. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

5" FHD screen with CBD and Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Contrast ratio: more than Infinite (nominal) / 4.000:1 (sunlight), multiple sensors, optimized 3000 mAH battery, dimensions at around (5.50 x 2.74 x 0.30 in), 2/3 GB RAM, stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus, Carl Zeis camera with OIS, microSD slot up to 128 GB support, multi touch up to 10 fingers, Optional Dual SIM, color options like green, gray, red, yellow and cyan, pebble design, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, weight less than 130g. Windows Phone 10. any price

10. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

what you said, except the any price part, don't believe in paying over $350-400 for a phone and even that is too much. can't wait to see what MS will come with

11. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i am ready for a new phone and been thinking of the s6 but told my self i hold off a little just to hear what the 6s and note 5 is about. I guess i hold off just one more month to see what ms brings to the trouble just in case. Is this one of those android bases or is it going use win10

12. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Looking forward to Microsoft's next lumias to replace my 1520 and 830 but I will keep my 808 for as long as it lasts maybe considering getting a second and third one for when it conks out!!!!

13. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012


14. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Lovely cores!!!

15. NOKIAest1865

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

Might finally be time to upgrade my 1520, the most powerful phone in the World when launched, mine is on its last legs, however I'll test Windows mobile 10 on my 1520 before deciding whether or not to buy the 950 XL or make the leap of faith onto Android, and the Huawei nexus 6

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