Rumors reaffirmed: Microsoft to hold a grand event in October - Lumia 950, 950 XL, Band 2, and Surface 4 to be announced16
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.