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Surface Pro 4? Lumia Phones? What Microsoft Has In Store

Specs for the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL have already leaked, but what else is in store for Oct. 6? Is it time for the Surface Pro 4?

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Microsoft is gearing up to unveil a range of Windows 10 devices on Oct. 6, and we'll be there to watch the action in person. With the event now a couple of days away, we're trying to predict what we'll see.

Rumors of the Windows 10 hardware lineup have been circulating since August, and Microsoft officially confirmed the date and New York City location in mid-September. Because the company shared few other details, the tech community has been speculating to fill in the gaps.

One thing is certain: The new Lumia 950 and 950 XL handsets, formerly codenamed Talkman and Cityman, will be onstage.

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What makes us so sure? Well, Microsoft all but confirmed it. One week before the event, it accidentally posted specs for its two upcoming high-end smartphones on the online Microsoft Store.

While the company was quick to remove the listing, its slip-up was still spotted and first appeared on WinBeta. From the looks of it, the new Lumias are two pretty powerful Windows 10 devices that will be sold unlocked.

The Lumia 950, a 5.2-inch device, is the smaller of the two; the Lumia 950 XL will measure 5.7 inches. Other similarities between the two include 20MP rear camera with Zeiss optics, 32GB internal storage, and the ability to handle a memory card up to 2TB. Prices were not disclosed.

Additional leaks have shown the Lumias to include accessories for supporting the Windows 10 Continuum feature, which turns the phone into a PC. They may also include an iris scanner for unlocking via biometric recognition. The Lumia 950 XL is rumored to support a Surface Pen and smart cover.

Fortunately for Microsoft, the other Windows 10 devices rumored to appear Oct. 6 have remained under wraps.

The Surface Pro 4, a competitor for Apple's recently debuted iPad Pro, will likely be another highlight next week. The UK's Mobile Choice website reports the newest addition to Microsoft's hybrid portfolio will come in 12-inch and 14-inch models.

Additional rumored specs for the Pro 4 include Intel Core M "Broadwell" CPU or Intel Skylake processors in Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7. The display is a predicted 2160 x 1440p resolution. An updated Surface Pen will reportedly be more intuitive.

It's also worth noting the Microsoft Band 2, which is likely to appear on Oct. 6. The company's updated fitness wearable is rumored to have a more comfortable design and curved display, a switch from the flat surface of the original Microsoft Band.

The Band will likely keep its built-in GPS with a few additional sensors. Suggestions include electrodes to measure heart rate and an altitude sensor to track the number of stairs climbed.

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User Rank: Ninja
10/6/2015 | 1:58:55 PM
Re: Devices
MS has been loosing 'Search' billions $ every year. Has MS giving it up yet?

So we'll expect they will be around for years.
User Rank: Strategist
10/5/2015 | 9:42:09 AM
Re: Devices
I've heard the Surface Pro 4 could have a larger and thinner display, but so far no confirmation on that. It'll be interesting to see how it competes against both the MacBook and the new iPad Pro.
User Rank: Ninja
10/4/2015 | 9:43:08 PM
Re: Devices
I feel that the majority of Android (mobile) users are also Windows users (desktop). If Android users require a platform switch then, with Microsoft's current effort the selection will be a Windows based mobile platform due to familiarity. If Microsoft was not conducting its current effort -- the only choice would have been iOS.

Another case that is similar would be if the Surface manages to replace the majority of laptops in the market, the user will try to switch platforms and create an environment that is unified.
Li Tan
Li Tan,
User Rank: Ninja
10/4/2015 | 3:34:54 PM
Re: Devices
Will Surface Pro 4 be lighter and more powerful? How it will perform in the market compared to the new MacBook? The current Surface is still too think and heavy, I must say. Anyway I will stick to Apple for quite sometime since I am already immensed too much in it!
User Rank: Ninja
10/4/2015 | 3:22:33 PM
I find it really interesting Microsoft continues to push foreward in devices. It makes a lot of sense to me, yet I wonder – how successful has this been for them? It's almost like a losing proposition for them, yet the company knows at this point devices a la the Apple model simply works. 
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