Microsoft is set to make some major announcements today at its event in New York City. Even as Microsoft hasn t disclosed much about what is going to be launch, it hasn t stopped speculations and rumors about the new announcements. According to rumors and reports, Microsoft is going to launch a slew of new Windows 10 devices including phones and perhaps a new Surface. There also speculations about new wearables. We have compiled all expected announcements from Microsoft s October 6 event. Check it out below: Also Read - Windows 11 could be a free upgrade for you provided you fall in this categoryAlso Read - Nintendo Direct E3 2021: Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars, a new Legend of Zelda and more
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Since the October 6 is touted as a hardware event, expectations are Microsoft will unleash a new series of Lumia smartphones running Windows 10 out of the box. It s pertinent to mention here that Microsoft at its Windows 10 launch had promised to roll out the update for mobile phones later this year. So, it makes sense for Microsoft to make the release grander with a new set of Lumia smartphones.
According to rumors, Microsoft will be releasing two high-end Windows 10 smartphones – Lumia 950 and 950 XL. The new Lumia phones will come with Quad HD display, 32GB of built-in storage and iris scanning. One of the key features of the smartphones will be the improved 20-megapixel PureView camera. The two smartphones, however, differ in terms of size and processors. The Lumia 950 is a 5.2-inch device running a Snapdragon 808 SoC, while the 950 XL has a 5.7-inch display with Snapdragon 810 SoC. There are rumours that the Lumia 950 XL will be competing with the Galaxy Note as it will come with pen support.
While the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are targeted at the high end segment, Microsoft has reportedly planned new mid-range Lumia phones — Lumia 550, 750 and 850. According to reports, the Lumia 550 will be the most affordable one in the lot with features – 5-inch 540 x 960 pixel display, 1GHz quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras and 8GB built-in storage, expandable via microSD.
The Lumia 750 is expected to come with 5-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and 1GB of RAM. The smartphone is likely to come with 8GB internal storage. For photography, the phone is expected to sport 8 megapixels rear camera and 5 megapixels front facing camera.
The Lumia 850 is supposed to have a 5-inch 768p display, 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM. It will have 10 megapixels rear camera and 5 megapixels front facing camera. The Lumia 850 is likely to come with 16GB of internal storage.
Windows 10 update for current phones
While hardware is expected to take the centrestage, Microsoft is likely to announce Windows 10 update for current Lumia phones. Devices such as Lumia 430, Lumia 435, Lumia 532, Lumia 540, Lumia 640, Lumia 640XL, Lumia 735, Lumia 830, and Lumia 930 have already been confirmed to receive the update. Sadly, older generation Lumia phones, especially those running 512 MB of RAM, are unlikely to receive the update.
Arrival of Windows 10 on existing and new Lumia phones is expected to propel adoption of the new OS.
Surface Pro 4
Microsoft is likely to unveil the new generation Surface slate at its event. The follow up to 2014 Surface Pro 3, the new Surface is said to be powered by a 6th generation Intel SoC. The new processor is likely to bring more power efficiency.
Interestingly, the slate is likely to come with a smart frame that changes size. It is said that the tablet, when used in laptop mode will measure 13 inches, but in tablet mode it will be reduced to 12 inches. Back in 2013, Intel already showed this technology. The Surface will come with USB Type-C standard. According to reports, the Surface Pro 4 will be launched at the same price of the Surface Pro 3 when launched. The device is expected to hit the market by mid-November.
Microsoft s new Surface tablet will come shortly after Apple introduced its iPad Pro, which had similarities with the former such as Stylus support.
We are not sure Microsoft will be rolling out its Surface tablet in India.
Microsoft s first generation fitness band, conveniently called Microsoft Band, had received mixed reviews. Since wearables is one of the hottest segments, Microsoft is likely to further tap it with its second generation Band. Details about the new Band are bit sketchy, but we expect it to have curved display (making it more comfortable on the wrist) and new sensors such as an altimeter. The second generation Microsoft Band is expected to have further Windows integration.
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