Microsoft will not let the drumbeat stop after its release of Windows 10 late July, as a few more devices are rumored to come our way this year. According to speculations, Microsoft will conduct a hardware event in October to launch Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and two Lumia handsets.
The rumor initially came from WPDang, a Chinese website, while Pocket Lint through The Verge confirmed that there will be several hardware events on October 19, suggesting that these devices Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950, and Lumia 950 XL will be seen at one of them. Aside from these, there are also rumors that Band 2 may be showcased at the same event. For now, we will take a look at Surface Pro 4 and the Lumia handsets.
Microsoft’s Director of Phone Marketing Neil Broadley said: “We believe the best time to bring those flagship devices to market is when we have our very latest flagship software experience available. We’re focusing our flagship development for slightly later when Windows 10 is available,” reports Crossmap. This statement further strengthens the speculations of the release timing of the handsets.
Lumia 950 is said to come at 5.2-inch WQHD OLED display at 1440×2560 pixels. It will be powered by a Snapdragon 808 and 64-bit hexacore, along with a 3GB RAM and a 32GB internal storage. Its rear camera will come at 20 megapixels PureView, while its front camera will have 5 megapixels. It will also come with a 3,000 mAh detachable battery, USB Type C port and a Qi wireless charging. The handset is predicted to be covered with matte white and a black polycarbonate chassis. On the other hand, Lumia 950 XL is said to come at a bigger screen of 5.7-inch, but with the same OLED display at 1440×2560 pixels. It will be powered by Snapdragon 810 processor, and similar to its smaller variant, a 3GB RAM and a 32GB internal storage. In terms of camera, it will have the same 20 megapixels rear shooter, but enhanced with a triple LED flash, while front camera is also 5 megapixels. It will come on a bigger battery capacity of 3,300 mAh, and the same USB Type C port and a Qi wireless charging. Both devices are expected to come in Windows 10.
Meanwhile, Microsoft Surface Pro 4, initially predicted to be launched alongside with Windows 10, is now anticipated in October instead. The laptop-tablet hybrid is said to be the first device to house Intel’s newest Skylake, which will also debut in October, thus strengthening the theory. Along with the anticipated new hardware, Surface Pro 4 is also said to come with the facial recognition feature of Windows 10. Surface Pro 4 is also rumored to come in two different sizes, a 12-inch display and a 14-inch display screen and a storage capacity of 16GB RAM up to 1 TB. In terms of camera, the speculation is that it will come with an 8 megapixel rear shooter and a 3.5 megapixel front camera. Some also say that Surface Pro 4 will sport the first stylus pen for its product line, while in terms of price range, speculations indicate it will be around $1200 to $2000 depending on the specifications.