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Microsoft devices getting ready for October 6 event

cjmagowan  —  3 years ago ( Oct 04, 2015 )    |    News

We’re a few days away from Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile event in New York and the rumors kept flooding in for the bits of upcoming devices from Microsoft. The Redmond giant has already prepared a number of upcoming devices and gadgets that will showcase and support the new Windows 10 Mobile. From the rumors, we have the Microsoft Band 2 as well as the upcoming Surface Pro 4 powered by Windows 10. But what’s definite in next week’s event is that the Flagship devices would be no other than the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL.

Lumia 950 + Lumia 950 XL

The Lumia 950 has been a subject of a lot of rumors lately that we’re pretty much acquainted with the flagship even though it hasn’t been announced yet.

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 Pictured above is the two variants of the Lumia 950, notice their differences in terms of their size, but aesthetically the both look identical. It also confirms some of our speculations in the past that the high-end device would include dual-SIM slots.

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But there’s something more on the bigger Lumia 950 XL, their front camera placements are different and as you can see from the third image, there’s some sort of LED or a sensor in which by closer inspections and taking a few knowledge building, is really a low-InfraRed diode that works as an IRIS scanner. One of the first few devices to include such biometric sensor and will allow users of the handset to unlock the device just by looking at them. It will also allow other means of security protection both for the devices and understandably in online transactions much like the way fingerprint scanners would do.

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In the past, we were told that the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL will include a 20 Megapixel Pureview camera on the back that is coupled by a standard dual-LED on the former while the latter is said to include a triple LED flash. But as the fresh prototype images of the handsets, Both devices sports the same triple-LED flash which is a good thing given that both devices sports the same camera sensor. However, these images are from a prototype devices and Microsoft could have changed the design for the retail product.

Lumia 550

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If a flagship device comes out in the market, this would be support by smaller devices for user who are more inclined to affordability and the Lumia 550 is there to serve. The entry-level device have quite a few times in the rumor mill with the latest which came out a week ago showed the handset in four colors.

Unlike the Lumia 950 or the top of the line Lumia 950, the Lumia 550 is a mass market device but stays relevant with the technologies available to date while having a lower price. The Lumia 550 is said to feature a 4.7-inch 720 display and is powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor. There’s a 1 GB of RAM onboard and 8 GB of expandable memory. It comes with a 5 Megapixel main camera on the back and a 2 Megapixel camera on the front. Keeping the handset at pace, it the 1905 mAh battery and is driven by the latest Windows 10 Mobile.

Microsoft Band 2

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Expected to come out next week, the Microsoft Band 2 is said to be an update of Microsoft’s highly useful fitness tracker. Though the image above is only a render of what might Microsoft would bring out in the event, no one knows for sure what the Band 2 would look like or the product is all a hoax in sense but it’s fairly easy to speculate until Redmond make an announcement.

As rumors have suggested, the Microsoft band two features much like the same as the first generation Band with some improvements in its hardware and software support. The news regarding the Microsoft Band 2 came out back in July when Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer confirmed that the company is making a sequel to the fitness band, from there, rumors and renders such as the one shown above stays relevant in the rumor mill and is said to be coming out together with the other devices that Microsoft is set to unveil next week.

Surface Pro 4

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The Surface Pro 4 isn’t really powered by Windows 10 Mobile but more specifically by the Desktop version of the OS. The Surface Pro 4 is the highly anticipated update to the Surface Pro line and is believed to bring the standards up for the laptop/tablet hybrid devices.

Like the high-end Lumia devices, the Surface Pro 4 is also under the rumor mill most of the time with most of which concerns about the features of the device, the latest one is one of the things that would fulfill your dreams from a tablet or laptop, one that has been requested and turn-down many times. As the latest rumors suggested, the Surface Pro 4 features a virtually-bezelless display, the bezel is so thin that the only noticeable bezel is at the bottom of the display.

While the display gives a total of 13-inches of wide-screen view in laptop mode, in tablet mode however, Windows activate is smart frame feature and will reduce the screen size to 12-inches. The change in screen size between modes is said to compensate the absence of the screen borders and to help users hold the device comfortably as a tablet.

Microsoft on October 6

Microsoft has already set the date for a special event on October 6 that’s on Tuesday next week in New York. The Redmond giant is about to officially launch Windows 10 Mobile along with supporting devices and other Microsoft products in the event. There would be a lot of information that Microsoft needs to fill on the event and we’re here to watch and give you those missing pieces so stay tuned.