Microsoft officially announced an Oct. 6 launch event, where it should unveil a number of exciting new Windows 10 devices such as the Surface Pro 4 and new Lumias.
The rumor mill has been going into overdrive recently trying to anticipate Microsoft's next major product launches. A new Surface Pro 4 and two new Lumia smartphone flagships are among the most highly-anticipated devices of this year and it now seems they're edging closer to release.
Microsoft has officially sent out invitations to a new launch event on Oct. 6, where it will unveil its new-generation Windows 10 devices.
"We have some exciting news to share about Windows 10 devices," Microsoft teases in the tagline of the event invitation.
When it comes to the hardware we expect to see at the event, the new Surface Pro 4 and the two flagship smartphones, Lumia 950 (Talkman) and Lumia 950 XL (Cityman), should be the stars of the show. Some previous rumors also hinted at a new Microsoft Band wearable, but that seems unlikely now. Microsoft is teasing new Windows 10 devices, and a wearable running Windows 10 sounds questionable.
The new Surface Pro 4 is not expected to retain several aspects of the Surface Pro 3, including compatibility with the same accessories such as Type cover, docking station and others.
At the same time, the new generation should also boast some notable upgrades over its predecessor. The Surface Pro 4 is expected to rock Intel Skylake processing options, which should include Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 options. Screen resolution is expected to remain the same at 2,160 x 1,440 pixels (2K), but recent whispers have indicated that Microsoft could launch two Surface Pro 4 versions with different screen sizes: one with a 12-inch display and the other with a massive 14-inch panel.
In the RAM department, the Surface Pro 4 could come with the same 4GB and 8GB RAM options as its predecessor, but there's also speculation regarding a top-of-the-line model with 16GB of RAM. While this sounds insane if you think of a tablet with 16GB of RAM, it sounds quite reasonable considering that the Surface Pro is not just a tablet, it aims to replace the laptop.
Moving on to the two upcoming smartphones, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL are expected to boast high-end specs and features all around, launching as Microsoft's new flagship smartphones.
The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will reportedly share several specifications, including a QHD resolution, 3GB of RAM, 30-megapixel rear cameras with PureView technology, and 5-megapixel front shooters. The Lumia 950 will feature a 5.2-inch display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, while the Lumia 950 XL will have a larger 5.7-inch display and a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, as well as an iris scanner.
The specs still remain in the rumor state for now, but one thing's for sure: Microsoft's big Windows 10 hardware event is now official, set to take place on Oct. 6 in New York.