Microsoft’s mobile presence is about to get a whole lot better very soon, after the Windows favouring manufacturer announced that it has a device based event scheduled for October.
On October 6th, Microsoft will be hosting an event in New York City, where it claims that it will be showing off a selection of Windows 10 devices for us all to drool over! The new system has already launched on PC and been relatively successful, so its release on a mobile platform was just a matter of time.
Likely to be the flagship that introduces Windows 10 to the smartphone market, this handset has already been at the centre of plenty of leaks and rumours. It’s even had supposed press renders leaked online recently, so we even have an idea of what the device looks like.
Rumour has it that a QHD display, Snapdragon 808 chipset, 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage will all make the cut. On top of this a 20 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front facing lens will also be on show, making the Lumia 950 one of the most well-rounded phones released on the market.
There is even talk of an infrared iris scanner making the cut on the phone as well, which would be a first for the mobile market in the UK!
If you’re a big phablet fan, then you’ll probably be favouring the Microsoft Lumia 950XL if it makes an appearance in the first week of October. It essentially packs the same specs as the Lumia 950, only with a larger display, Snapdragon 810 chipset and a larger battery.
It will be battling it out with the likes of the iPhone 6s Plus and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ for phablet supremacy however, so it’s not as likely to do as well as the Lumia 950 on launch. However, It could definitely turn some heads.
One final device that’s also likely to hit the Windows 10 market at the event is one with a tablet persuasion. The Surface Pro 4 will face some stiff competition from the freshly announced iPad Pro, but if it rocks the spec sheet we expect it to, it could stand up for itself quite well.
A QHD 14” display is reported to be making the cut, whilst a bunch of internal specs should be improving from the previous offering. On top of all of this, an active stylus is also likely, and will work in a similar way to the Apple Pencil.
Microsoft’s event is strictly by invitation only, so don’t go booking your tickets to New York just yet. However, if you do plan on going, doors will be opening at 9am local time for a 10am start. This means that it will be a late afternoon event for us Brits.
Written by Luke Hatfield