Microsoft Corporation is reportedly set to launch two new smartphones, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and the Microsoft Band 2 in October. A media report released last month claimed that Microsoft could launch its new smartphones this fall.
Rumours about two new Windows 10 Phones have been circulating since a few months. Codenamed Cityman and Talkman, and believed to be the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL, the handsets are said to offer high-end hardware modules. The company will officially take the wraps off the two smartphones ahead of the holiday shopping season.
Microsoft is also expected to release the next generation Surface tablet – Surface Pro 4. Not much is known about the tablet as of now, except for the possibility of it integrating a fingerprint sensor on the Surface keyboard. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 was launched in 2014. The device has sold well and was also well-received by enthusiasts. The company launched the Surface 3, a smaller and less-powerful variant of the Surface Pro 3, in March this year.
The Microsoft Band is also expected to receive a major overhaul. The company is expected to launch the Microsoft Band 2 together with the Windows 10 Phones and the next-gen tablet. Microsoft had troubles meeting the high demand for its fitness tracker last year, perhaps this time it has better plans to go about it.
If Microsoft indeed launches the two new handsets, they will be the two most powerful Windows Phone (Windows 10 Mobile) handsets in the market. As per past reports, the Lumia 950 (Talkman) is said to have a 5.2-inch WQHD (1440×2560) display. It is said to be powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM. Other features of the device include 32GB of internal storage with support for microSD card, and 20-megapixel and 5-megapixel camera sensors, and USB Type C charger. The Lumia 950 XL (Cityman) is said to have a 5.7-inch QWHD display and Snapdragon 810 chipset, with most other features largely being same as the Lumia 950.
With Microsoft significantly toning down its mobile phone efforts, these two Lumia smartphones hold the fate of the future of company’s mobile operating system. If these too also fail to garner traction from users, it could be the last nail in the coffin of Windows Phone (Windows 10 Mobile).
The timing of the new launches is not yet confirmed, but it is certain that it will be ahead of Black Friday, when tech giants typically dispose large quantities of older models gadgets.