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

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Rumors reaffirmed: Microsoft to hold a grand event in October - Lumia 950, 950 XL, Band 2, and Surfa
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!


source: WPDang (translated) via WMPowerUser

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