Microsoft to unveil Surface Pro 4, new flagship smartphones and new wearable in October
Microsoft is planning a "massive hardware launch" in October where it will unveil the Surface Pro 4, the Band 2, and two new Lumia smartphones, according to The Verge. Quoting sources familiar with the matter, The Verge says Microsoft will hold a single event to launch its new hardware devices.
Coinciding with the launch of Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft is expected to unveil two new flagship smartphones: the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Leaks suggest the Lumia 950 is said to feature a 5.2-inch Quad HD display, a six-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 3000mAh removable battery, wireless charging, and a USB Type-C connector. The Lumia 950 XL will allegedly feature a bigger 5.7-inch display, an eight-core Snapdragon 810 processor, and a 3300mAh battery.
Both handsets are said to utilise 20MP rear-facing cameras and 5MP front-facing cameras. Rumours suggest they will also feature a Windows Hello-powered iris scanner that will allow users to log in without the need for a passcode.
While information regarding Microsoft's new smartphones has been plentiful, the company seems to have kept details regarding the Surface Pro 4 and Band 2 under wraps.
The Surface Pro 4 is however expected showcase Windows 10 features such as Windows Hello – presumably with a fingerprint reader, due to the largish size of Intel's RealSense camera module.
The Band 2 is assumed to be the successor to the Band, Microsoft's first attempt at a fitness tracker. While the original Band featured a wide-array of sensors and was compatible with all three smartphone operating systems, it received a mixed reception due to design and usability issues.