Fall 2015 to Fall 2016 promises to be an exciting 12 months for Windows Phone enthusiasts and not only because Microsoft promised us “killer” handsets in the Lumia range.
We also expect some top end devices to arrive from other OEMs.
Let have a look at what goodies we can expect.
First we have the obvious; two devices which are virtually guaranteed to come to market in the next 4 months.
The Microsoft Talkman which may be the Lumia 950 according to recent rumours, will feature 5.2-inch 1080P display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 20-megapixel camera with removable battery and microSD support, plus 32 GB of internal storage.
The Microsoft Cityman which may be the Lumia 950 XL will feature 5.7-inch QHD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor , 3GB of RAM, and a 20-megapixel camera with removable battery and microSD support, plus 32 GB of internal storage.
Both handsets will have a triple-LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and at least one will have an Iris scanner with Windows Hello support and wireless charging. They are expected to have a similar design to the Lumia 830 and 930.
The handsets are expected to hit the market in November 2015, with a launch at the end of September or early October.
Staying in the Microsoft Devices family, there are also strong rumours of a Surface phone, which is expected to have a Intel Atom X3 Sofia processor. That handset may be styled similar to the Surface range and is rumoured for early 2016.
Moving on from there, another handset which is very likely to appear this year is the HTC One M9 for Windows.
A Windows 10 Mobile version of that handset is expected to be released in USA this year for distribution to US carriers only. A worldwide release is not expected.
The HTC One M9 for Windows will be 9.6 mm thick, have a 5 inch 1080P screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 3 GB of RAM, 32 Gb storage, a 20 megapixel rear and a 4 megapixel front-facing camera.
In February 2015 Microsoft settled its patent royalty dispute with Samsung, opening the door again to the smartphone giant producing Windows Phones. So far this has resulted in Microsoft’s software on Samsung’s Android handsets, but it seems probable that Microsoft will also be encouraging Samsung to release a Windows 10 Mobile version of their flagship.
A Windows 10 Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 would only be 6.8 mm thick, have a 5.1 inch QHD screen, Snapdragon 810 or 820 processor, 3GB RAM and probably 32 GB of storage and a 20 megapixel camera with wireless charging support and a fingerprint scanner.
Lastly we recently saw LG return to the fold with LG Lancet. The company may have been testing the water for a return with a real flagship device, a Windows 10 Mobile version of the LG G4.
The LG G4 for Windows would be around 9.8 mm thick, have a 5.5 inch QHD screen, Snapdragon 808 processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage with microSD card expansion, 16 megapixel camera with laser auto-focus and fast battery charging.
The HTC One M9 for Windows is virtually guaranteed, but if Microsoft can deliver support from the other major smartphone OEMs will this plethora of devices make it difficult for our readers to choose? Let us know below.