Rumour: Microsoft may launch Lumia 940, 940 XL, Surface Pro 4, Xbox One Mini and Band 2 in October bonanza event


Its not just Microsoft’s Windows phones which are overdue for an upgrade.  Its Surface Pro 3 was launched more than a year ago, in June 2014, and its Microsoft Band will also be one year old in October this year.

Now Chinese blog WPDang reports that their sources suggest we may see Microsoft launch a range of new hardware in October, ranging from the Lumia 940 and 940 XL to a new Surface Pro 4,  new Band 2 fitness wearable and also a new Xbox One Mini console.

Of the devices the Lumia 940 and 940 XL are of course the most widely leaked, but we still have not seen the final design yet, or exactly how well the pen and Iris scanner will work.

Of the Surface Pro 4 WPDang suggests it may use Intel’s new Skylake processor, and of the Xbox One Mini, they believe it may drop Blu-ray playback functionality and become a much smaller, quieter device about 1/3 the size of the current behemoth.

On the Microsoft Band 2 the least is known, but they expect design improvements that should also make for a sleeker device.

Read more about these rumours at WPDang here.

In some ways it does make sense for Microsoft to reveal their whole holiday catalogue at one single event, much like Apple does, and moving from September gives Microsoft some distance from Apple’s event, though October is getting somewhat late. What do our readers think? Let us know below.

Update: The Verge’s Tom Warren has confirmed much of the rumour, except for the smaller version of the Xbox One. Seems October will be interesting after all.

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