What to expect from Microsoft’s Windows 10 Devices event

Microsoft is holding a big event today at New York City. The company is expected to reveal a new Surface device, a new Band, some new HoloLens stuff, and two new Lumia devices. This is one of the biggest event of the year for the software giant, and we pretty much know everything about its upcoming devices. So what to expect from Microsoft at its Windows 10 devices event?

Surface Pro 4

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Microsoft is expected to reveal a new Surface device at its Windows 10 devices event. Two, actually.

Microsoft’s new Surface devices are expected to come with an improved design and better specs. The Pro 4 could possibly come in two sizes — 12 and 14 inches. The 12-inch variant will be the main variant of the device while the 14-inch variant will be for users who are looking for a laptop-like experience. For now, this rumour isn’t really credible, so take this with a grain of salt.

The new Pro 4 is also expected to come with Intel’s new Skylake processors. It’s also expected to come with a fanless Core M processors — however, we expect the low-end variants of the device to pack a fanless design. As usual, there should be improvements for battery life and don’t be surprised if Microsoft reveals some new features for the Surface Stylus, too.

The Surface Pro 4 is expected to go on sale sometime in November, pricing and more details will be officially revealed at the event today, however.

Microsoft Band 2

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As Microsoft previously announced at Ignite, the company will be revealing the Band 2 at the October event, too. The Band 2 is expected to be prettier, and improved in most ways. We expect the Band 2 to include a curved display, as well as a better design. We are not quite sure if Microsoft is updating the OS for Band 2, but it could possibly run Windows 10 for IoT which should be quite interesting.

For now, there is no info on pricing and availability the device, but expect it to get released in November. We suspect the device’s price will be the same as the original Band, which was $199. Unlike the original Band, we expect Band 2 to be available in more countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.

Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 550

It’s been a while since Microsoft launched a Windows Phone flagship device. The current Windows Phone flagship, the Nokia Lumia 930 was announced back in July 2014. And it’s finally time for a new flagship – two actually.

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On October 6, Microsoft is expected to reveal the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL. Just like Windows 9, Microsoft is skipping the Lumia 940.

The Lumia 950, codenamed the Talkman is expected to pack a 5.2-inch WQHD AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels. Microsoft is packing a 20MP PureView rear camera with the Lumia 950, and for the front camera, the company is going with a 5MP wide-angle sensor. Under the hoods, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 (64-bit, Hexa-core) processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 3000 mAh battery.

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On the other hand, the Lumia 950’s bigger brother, the Lumia 950 XL is expected to pack a 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels. The device will sport a 20MP PureView rear camera, which will come with triple LED flash. And for selfie fans, the Lumia 950 XL will also come with a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera. Under the hoods, the Lumia 950 XL packs a Snapdragon 810 (possibly version 2.1, 64-bit Octa core) processor. Alongside the Snapdragon 810, the Lumia 950 XL will boast 3GB of RAM, and a removable battery.

Microsoft’s upcoming flagship devices are also expected to come with a USB Type-C port, Qi wireless charging, and support for quick charging (aka fast charging). Both of the devices are also expected to come with an Iris scanner, which will allow the device to support Windows Hello – therefore allowing users to unlock their device with their eyes.

As usual, both of the devices are expected to pack the traditional Lumia design, which means they’ll come with a polycarbonate body. For those wondering, the pricing for these devices are still unknown, but we suspect the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will be priced at $700-800.

According to recent reports, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will come with Windows 10 Mobile Threshold 1 – possibly build 10240. We’re expecting Microsoft to start taking pre-orders for the devices soon after the reveal on October 6 (maybe on October 10) in the United States. For now, we don’t know when the devices will be available in other countries.

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Finally, don’t be surprised if Microsoft releases the Lumia 550 alongside the Lumia 950 XL and the Lumia 950. Recently, we revealed the device in all its glory, and we expect Microsoft to reveal the device at the October event – but take this with a pinch of salt. Nonetheless, this is what the Lumia 550 should pack:

  • HD 4.7-inch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
  • Qualcomm 1Ghz Snapdragon 210 Quad-Core CPU.
  • Rear 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED Flash Geotagging +.
  • Front 2 megapixel camera
  • 8GB internal storage + 1 GB of RAM 128Gb + Micro-SD.
  • 1905 mAh battery with rapid charger.
  • Single/Dual Sim support
Windows 10

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Microsoft is also expected to show off some of the new features of Windows 10 Threshold 2. According to previous reports, Threshold 2 is expected to pack a lot of performance improvements and bug fixes, as always some new features. We expect Microsoft to show off extension support for Edge which will come with Threshold 2. Alongside extensions for Edge, Threshold 2 could also bring the new universal Skype experience. While it isn’t yet confirmed when the update will get rolled out to Windows 10 users, we expect Microsoft to roll out the update sometime in November.

HoloLens

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Yep, Microsoft may also talk about HoloLens – the company’s fascinating augmented reality project. According to a recent report, Microsoft will release the HoloLens to enterprise customers in November on a limited sale. Details about pricing isn’t available just yet, but we expect Microsoft to reveal more info at the event on October 6th.

TL;DR:

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October 6th should be exciting. Microsoft is expected to reveal its next-gen products, from smartphones to the HoloLens — things should be pretty exciting on October 6th. Here’s a TL;DR of all the things we expect Microsoft to reveal on October 6:

  • Surface Pro 4
  • Band 2
  • Windows 10 Threshold 2
  • HoloLens? Maybe.
  • Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, and maybe the Lumia 550
Stay tuned

We’ll be publishing all the latest news from Microsoft’s October 6th event. We’ll not be doing a live blog, but we will be publishingas a lot of hands-on videos. Things are going to be exciting, and…interesting.

All aboard the hype train.

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