Microsoft is gearing up for the launch of Windows 10 Mobile in their every department. The Redmond giant just released the latest build of Windows 10 Mobile, introducing new features into the Photos app and fixing a couple of bugs and issues that insiders have had with the OS. On the hardware side, the company is gearing up to finally release the long-awaited Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Microsoft Lumia 940 flagship smartphone and even the second generation of the Microsoft Band.
The company has sent out invites for an October 6 event earlier this week, talking about new Windows 10 devices that will be launched at the show. Although Microsoft did not mention the devices that it will be introducing, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Since the Surface Pro 4 release date is still a mysterious debate, we think that the October 6 event will see the long-awaited unveiling of the hybrid device, which will no doubt compete against Apple’s new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.
If the Surface Pro 4 release date turns out to be October 6, then we’re in for quite the holiday, as the hybrid device should go on sale by the end of the month, with plenty of time left to stock up for the holiday season. Although availability and pricing have not been confirmed yet, our sources tell us that the Surface Pro 4 price will be very close to the launch price of the Surface Pro 3 and will be close in price range in the top-tier model to the MacBook Air.
When it comes to features, the Surface Pro 4 is pretty much of a puzzle, as Microsoft has not disclosed anything else than what concerns Windows 10 integration. We think the company will use the latest in Intel chips, possibly with a fanless technology involved in the mix. 8 GB RAM are sure to be featured even in the base model of the Surface Pro 4, with a redesigned keyboard and body to blend in with the new user experience. Battery life is one of the main focuses that Microsoft has when it comes to the Surface Pro 4, according to people familiar with the company, so we’re expecting a battery life champion.
Besides the anticipated Surface Pro 4, Microsoft will also be launching the Windows 10 flagship of the year, most likely the Microsoft Lumia 940. The Lumia 940 would be the successor of the Lumia 930 of a year ago and should boast with specs that rival all the new Samsung releases, as well as all the flagships on the market and to arrive soon (Nexus 5X, Huawei Nexus 6). With people getting riled up over Windows 10, for good or bad, the company has a shot at making their Lumia devices more popular if they get the price and the OS right.
If Windows 10 Mobile on the Lumia 940 turns out to be an extraordinary user experience with excellent Cortana and cross-compatibility features integrated, Microsoft might see its first serious imprint on the smartphone industry. With Android and iOS leading the game, it would constitute a nice breather to see Microsoft as the headliner for once. Although there’s little to be known about the Lumia 940, we expect a Snapdragon 810 or 808 CPU, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, 16 MP main camera, biometric security and new buttons for special Cortana access.
Next to the Surface Pro 4 and Microsoft Lumia 940, the Redmond giant’s October 6 event will surely see the launch of the company’s second wearable, the Microsoft Band 2, as the community is calling it. The company has been quite mum about its development of wearables in the past few months, which leads us to believe that they have something up their sleeves which will put Android Wear and Apple Watch fans in a conundrum. Apparently, the 2015 version of the Microsoft Band will introduce new software and hardware features that will be unique to the market, although what these features actually are is a mystery.
There are only a few weeks left until the October 6 Microsoft event, but as it usually happens before major events, more leaks are expected to show up. As soon as they do and more information about the launch event is unveiled, the properties of the Surface Pro 4, Lumia 940 and Microsoft Band 2 will emerge, piece by piece. Although we’re looking forward to the event, we’re also curious as to what people are expecting from it, so tell us in the comment section what you would Microsoft to do this time?