Microsoft has just started sending
out invites for a media event scheduled on October 6th. Although the invite
does not mention any specific Windows 10 devices, Microsoft is expected to
unveil a couple of new Lumia smartphones as well as the Surface Pro 4.
In the past months, the Lumia 950
"Talkman" and the Lumia 950 XL"Cityman" have often surfaced
online in either leaked renders, and numerous official reports shared
insight on the specs of the phones. Unless Microsoft comes with big, unlikely
surprises, these will be the specs for the first Windows 10 Mobile Lumias:
The Lumia 950 "Talkman" will likely come with a 5.2-inch display
running a resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels (QHD), and will be based on the
hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with 3GB of RAM. The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
"Cityman" will likely be a 5.7-inch phablet with a QHD display. Under
the hood, the phone is said to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
chipset, a powerful mobile SoC that has been criticized in the past for its
poor thermal efficiency in some implementations. Paired with 3GB of RAM, the
Snapdragon 810 should offer a lot of processing power.
The two new Lumias are also said to come with major camera updates. The word
around the web is that the phones will come with 20MP PureView cameras with a
sensor size of 1/2.5", 1.12µm pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS, and 4K video
capture capabilities. Talk about a tricked out camera...
Although the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL will likely be the stars of the
event, the company is also expected to introduce the Surface Pro 4. According
to rumors, the new tablet will maintain the design and the form factor of its
predecessor, but will bring updated internals and will run Windows 10 out of
the box. The Surface Pro 3 is apparently the most popular 2-in-1 device in the
niche's short history, and it would make a lot of sense for Microsoft to build
on its previous success. Some sources suggested that Microsoft is also
considering the launch of a Surface Pro 4 version with a larger display, but
we'd file this one in the "wait and see" folder.