Rumors reaffirmed: Microsoft to hold a grand event in October - Lumia 950, 950 XL, Band 2, and Surface 4 to be announced

Rumors reaffirmed: Microsoft to hold a grand event in October - Lumia 950, 950 XL, Band 2, and Surface 4 to be announced
Around a month ago, we got wind of a rumor that Microsoft is prepping to finally announce its Windows Mobile-toting flagships for 2015 – the alleged Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Now, we say "finally", because it's been quite a while since we've seen a Lumia top-shelver. The last flagship to bear the name was released in April, 2014 – more than a year ago – and since then, Microsoft has been mainly busy producing entry-level and economy-class handsets – like the Lumia 540, 640, and 640 XL.

Today, we hear another whisper – one that claims that Microsoft does, indeed, plan to hold a grand event in October, and announce the Lumia 950, 950 XL, a brand-new Surface Pro 4 tablet, a Band 2 wearable, and a Mini variant of its Xbox One console. Additional reports claim that the Redmond team may also have a Lumia 550, 750, and 850 up its sleeves, though we're inclined to take that with a grain of salt. While the 7x and 8x series are certainly coming close to their one-year anniversary, launching so many devices at a single event doesn't seem very plausible, especially since Microsoft hasn't been doing so well financially.

Alleged specs for the Lumia 950 say that it would bear a 5.2" display with a QHD (1440 x 2560) resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexacore SoC, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of microSD-expandable internal memory, a 3,000 mAh removable battery, and a 20 MP PureView camera.

The 950 XL will, as the name suggests, sport a larger display – a 5.7-incher. Its resolution is still pinned at 1440 x 2560 pixels, and it will still rock the same 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable memory, and a 20 MP PureView camera. Its SoC will, reportedly, be the Snapdragon 810, and its battery will be slightly bigger – 3,300 mAh.

Both phones are said to support wireless charging over the QI standard and both are rumored to have an iris scanner for a biometric lock mechanism.

Now, previous rumors around the Web spoke of a possible Intel-powered Windows phone, though, it seems that this may pertain to the upcoming Surface Pro 4. Details about it, however, are yet to leak.

The Band 2 will, of course, be the reiteration of the Microsoft Band – the fitness tracker from last year, which did surprisingly well, as it supports multiple platforms and seems to be a pretty solid wearable.

That's all we have on the upcoming Microsoft devices so far, folks – we'll keep our ear to the ground for more!

Related phones

Lumia 950
  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)
Lumia 950 XL
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3340 mAh(19h 3G talk time)



1. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015


2. MiAnyemi

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

What is happening to a Lumia 1520 successor?

8. nenadmitrovic

Posts: 64; Member since: Aug 01, 2014


12. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

I want that one too, wouldn't mind a slightly bigger screen (up to 6.5) either.

3. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

What missing is a Win10 surface phablet (5,7"-6") with stylus support and side-sliding qwerty keyboard (Nokia E7 style) running on an Intel chip.

13. rtcinema

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

There are several rumors that the 950XL will come with N-Trig support. It is unlikely that microsoft will make a small pen that stores in the phone. They didn't do that with the Surface Pro when it launched unlike the Galaxy Note 10.1. I have a Surface 3 so I wouldn't mind just keeping my pen clipped in my pocket and use it for both devices. A keyboard cover would be awkward at that scale. Hard keys built into a phone are a thing of the past. Probably won't see either. Intel chips are a tricky sell, even for Microsoft. They offer superior computing performance while sacrificing flagship accessory hardware support. The new Atom x-series chips, such as the x7 in the Surface 3, only support a camera up to 13 MP. This would be fine for the business user, but normal consumers would look at this as a design flaw. In interviews with Nadella he has said "We plan to narrow our focus to three customer segments... business.. premium... and budget". The 950/950XL would fall under "premium" so that leaves room for a Surface phone for business that could in fact run on an Atom processor since it's not targeted at the average sonsumer.

4. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

These upcoming lumia devices seems exciting, but still waiting of the successo of 1020.The larger one should also use 808 instead of 810.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Me too, I would want something similar to this:

5. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

when is the surface phone gonna be released?

16. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Early 2016. That's what I'm looking out for.

6. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014


7. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014


9. Tumaini1

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

I like them! Great work MS.

11. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

All I need is an official announcement invitation date I can start my countdown. It's been a nice experimental year with Android but I'm so ready to come back to Windows Phone. This is going to be one heck of an event. And with all of this year's heavy hitters skipping out on expandable storage and removable batteries except the LG G4, Microsoft has more of a chance than ever to offer something better.

14. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Specs sound good. It great that they have not ignored versatility like Apple and Samsung, and included msdxc card reader and removable battery. I hope they nail it this time around.

15. shiva1

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

XBOX ONE mini variant. That is seriously a shocker to me. I mean the XBOX community will go crazy if thats true.

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