What to expect from Microsoft's Lumia event: Lumia 950, 950 XL, new Surface, new Band


After more than a year of silence, Microsoft is ready to take out the big guns: the new family of Lumia phones, a new Surface Pro 4 tablet and the successor to the powerful Microsoft Band tracker. And this might be just a taste of what's to come, as the company will surely have some surprises up its sleeve.

Let's start with the phones.

Microsoft Lumia 950


Just like Samsung, Apple, Google, Sony and most other phone makers, Microsoft bets on not one, but two flagship phones in different sizes - a smaller and more compact one, and a larger, phablet-size superphone. The Lumia 950 is the regular-sized phone, coming with a 5.2-inch display and a Snapdragon 808 system chip (this should remind you of the Nexus 5X as it has similar specs).

The Microsoft Lumia 950 has leaked out in press images and multiple rumors all have agreed on the specs, so here is a quick look at the technical details:

Screen: 5.2-inch (resolution could be as high as 2560 x 1440 pixels)
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
RAM: 3GB
Internal Storage: 32GB, with microSD card slot
Cameras: 20-megapixel with F/1.9 aperture, 5MP selfie cam
Connectivity: 4G LTE, dual-band WiFi Miracast and USB Type C connector
Battery: removable, 3000mAh with rapid charging, wireless charging 

All of this paints a picture of a top-tier device that has a little less power than the most powerful phones in this class. After all, most Snapdragon 808 phones are a step behind the 810 in terms of performance. We've also seen such phones come at a slightly lower price than the standard flagship-grade $650, so we might see this new phone also be a bit more affordable.


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL


The second phone that Microsoft will bring is a phablet: the Lumia 950 XL.

With a 5.7-inch screen, it plays in roughly the same league as the iPhone 6s Plus, the Galaxy Note5, and Nexus 6P. It goes to feature the Snapdragon 810 system chip, which is the most advanced Android chip available today, and here are the rest of the specs highlights:

Screen: 5.7-inch (resolution could be as high as 2560 x 1440 pixels)
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
RAM: 3GB
Internal Storage: 32GB, with microSD card slot
Cameras: 20-megapixel with F/1.9 aperture, 5MP selfie cam
Connectivity: 4G LTE, dual-band WiFi Miracast and USB Type C connector
Battery: non-removable, 3340mAh with rapid charging, wireless charging 

The best feature about the new duo of high-end Lumia phones is the fact that they will run on the latest Windows 10 platform with support for Continuum, the feature that allows you to connect them to a monitor and have the interface transform into desktop-friendly one. This will theoretically make it easy to use them basically as your main computer.

Keep in mind that both new Lumias will come with the futuristic, super cool infra-red iris scanner for Windows Hello facial recognition, a new and fast way to securely unlock your phone.


Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and a Surface laptop?


The Surface Pro 4 will likely not be much of a surprise: it will likely come with a similar design language, but an upgraded system chip and some updated features. One more fascinating new feature is the addition of a fingerprint scanner that could be built in the Surface Type Cover and will add an appreciated level of security (keep in mind that Surface is commonly used in corporate environments).

The bigger surprise might turn out to be a Surface laptop of sorts, a new type of a device that could feature a 14-inch screen with Windows 10 and a Windows Hello camera for quick recognition. This one is said to be a true monster in terms of specs, coming in a version beefed up to 16GB of RAM (no typo) and as much as 1TB of space.

Microsoft Band 2


The Microsoft Band 2 is the successor of the original Band, and design images have already leaked out, showing evolved hardware with sleeker looks. It will now feature a curved display and a more ergonomic form factor.

The biggest appeal of the original Band was the huge amount of sensors on board, and the Band 2 is likely to polish the accuracy of readings and - possibly add new sensors to the mix. The smart fitness band is expected to arrive to Spain, France, Italy, and Germany, four new markets in addition to the US and UK.

Conclusion


All of this will inevitably be the big highlight of Microsoft's device launches for the year. You can learn more about the gadgets tomorrow.

The Microsoft Lumia event begins on Tuesday, October 6th at 10AM ET / 7AM PT.

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32 Comments

1. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

I love my Lumia 1020 as a camera, as I told here before, but as a phone I had so much problems (USB, mother board (http://smartcam.club/node/3296) etc.) and the yellow tint in stock camera (in Lumia camera that is fine), lazy start etc. I hope ms solve these problems. Still keeping my Note 4 and using 1020 as a cameraphone.

6. mahima

Posts: 726; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

i used to have usb problrm and change the housing, problem solved (at least for me)

2. Xperia14

Posts: 1206; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

If the XL only was waterproof..

3. MrVein

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Will Lumia 930 prices go down after this event?

5. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

hopefully !!

4. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Microsoft has the best line up for 2015! Lumia 950XL is perfect! Awesome camera,QHD screen, big removable battery, expandable storage, Continuum, Wireless Charging, great polycarbonate design, Exchangeable shells, fast processor! It has everything that a phone needs! Hands down the best phone of year! If you gonna bitch about polycarnonate design of this phone instead of metal, kindly look at the scratches and dings that your so-called-premium metal phone has!

7. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

those who won;t bitch abt polycarbonate body, will end up bitching that it has windows OS & has lack of apps !! like u...i too felt in the beginning only that MS is providing any feature it can think of in these phones (one or two features which other companies don't include) sd card, removable battery, wireless charging, fast charging & ofcrs it will have one of the best cameras so far in a phone

8. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Windows 10 is what I am waiting for the most.

9. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Perfection is on its way. Microsoft is making the comeback as I predicted while the nexus us now going to be more like the only phone people will want because of timely updates. Oems will come to the dark side of the force and join Microsoft to make google just a search engine again. Bill and I let them take the lead last time but not anymore. THE MESSIAH HAS SPOKEN.

10. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

well, that ain't going to happen i feel. may be android will loose market share but not completely !!

11. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

You do realize apple almost went bankrupt but turned it around and now at the top if their game. So I'm pretty sure anything can happen with every growing technology. If google loses oem support then all they have is ads.

12. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

yess...i do understand !! & anyhting can happen but that's my point..........may be OEM will make windows phones also....but there's no way....they will leave android completely. & just a lil curious...can u tell me what actually happened of apple when u said they went bankrupt & recovered somehow ? i dont knwo this one but want to know...or give me some article link !! can u ?? :)

14. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

..(http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-comeback-s​tory-2010-10).. Here is the link tells you how when jobs came back with help from Microsoft and save apple from bankruptcy.

15. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

thnxxx

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Dont forget it also had a patent deal with ms during some 8yrs. Which helped them bring products much faster than any other oem would normally have had.

13. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I hope the new Lumia and Windows 10 is a hit. I kinda doubt it will be though. The designs are attractive but hardly compelling enough to persuade people to abandon their Androids and iPhones. I may pick one up as my second device if the price is reasonable.

16. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Looking good, just need more polished apps, and better browser

17. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I'm possibly going to pick one of these 950's as a second phone. I'm getting fairly excited believe it or not.

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

All windows needs is for the journalists to actually promote it like they do the second coming of Christ iphones, and the overly popular androids. Of course they need OS stuff to come in tow for them to praise it. Here is hoping they are not shafted.

27. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Go to look at PC marketshare and tell which OS is "overly popular". Double standards much...

20. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

The 950 XL looks like a nice phone. But I do not see anything about it that is better than the Sony Z5 Premium. What would have made a difference is a landscape docking port and associated dock, a truly stand out camera like that 43 MP one on Nokia model, quality front facing stereo speakers and the ability to run Android apps (if WP store does not have what I need).

24. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I'm sure you'll find a case that can keep the phone upright in landscape, or even a wireless charging dock to do so. Plus, they are going to have Continuum and the associated dock, so I think that is one-upping your request right there. I too was hoping for a 1020 successor, but Lumias are known for having great cameras, so let's hope that this is a standout 20MP camera. Front facing speakers would be nice. Unfortunately it also takes space, which they decided to use for other things. We'll see if the tradeoff is worth it. They're working on being able to not only run Android AND iOS apps, but to also port them over to the Windows Store so that it can be used across Windows 10 devices. Let's hope that one plays out as intended, as it is the most important thing for their success right now.

21. DigitalKiran

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 05, 2011

what about Microsoft's promise that android app would run on windows 10 phone......are they doing anything on this???? else i m not yet ready to jump on their ship....

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is for devs. Android devs submit their apk online, a program runs through their code, and tells them to fix things like google services (which are not on windows phones...duh), they fix code...resubmit and boom send to windows store. Windows phones have android code in them that can run nearly all code from android....like the recent google play store installed on a windows phone. However apk's need to be modified for service centric code...obviously calling up google maps in an app will crash...would need to call windows maps. The company that presented on stage said it took a few hours on the weekend and their android app was up and running on a windows device.

22. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

pls correct: lumia 950xl has removable battery........

23. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Hopefully, the price will be like Nexus phones or a little cheaper.

26. Diego!

Posts: 863; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

"With a 5.7-inch screen, it plays in roughly the same league as the iPhone 6s Plus, the Galaxy Note5, and Nexus 6P. It goes to feature the Snapdragon 810 system chip, which is the most advanced Android chip available today..." Wait whaaat? I believe you meant Qualcomm??

28. boucha26

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

im using ipn and im apple fan.... bt whn i see Lumia i remember NOKIA.... i mis NOKIA :(.....

29. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I like the idea of a Surface Laptop. If it exists, I may consider one in five years when I'm in the market for a new laptop.

30. Plutonium239

Posts: 1178; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The sp3 can easily be used as a laptop. I use mine as a laptop and tablet multiple times a day, always going back and forth. Windows 10 makes it so natural.

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