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Microsoft expected to unveil a pair of Lumia smartphones, Surface Pro 4 and Band 2 at October event

By Shawn Knight
Aug 20, 2015
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  1. Microsoft is reportedly planning to host a massive hardware-focused media event this fall in which it’ll introduce two new Lumia-branded smartphones, the Microsoft Band 2 wearable and the Surface Pro 4.

    Chinese site WPDang was the first to report the details; The Verge has since confirmed there will be an event in October in which Microsoft plans to introduce multiple hardware products.

    The publication said Microsoft is also planning a couple of surprise announcements at the event. Possibilities include additional Surface hardware and a slimmer Xbox One. If you recall, Microsoft was gearing up to announce a Surface Mini alongside the Surface Pro 3 last year but decided to pull the plug on the announcement at the 11th hour.

    Regardless of what else is shown, the Surface Pro 4 and the new Lumia handsets will be the stars of the show. Rumors of a Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL have been swirling for months. Could these be the newest additions to Microsoft’s mobile stable? With specs having already hit the web, the only thing really missing is what the devices will look like and how they’ll work with Windows 10 Mobile.

    The Surface Pro 4, meanwhile, isn’t expected to be drastically different than the current model. Microsoft previously said it would keep the form factor and charging interface similar for businesses that invest in accessories such as docking stations.

    Not much is known about the Band 2, the successor to Microsoft’s first wearable in years. Some fine-tuning of the overall look and feel is probably in the cards as well as more powerful internal hardware but that’s pure speculation.

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  2. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 851   +201

    I hope they release a updated Type Cover keyboard. That is literally the only gripe I have with the SP3.
     
  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    I would really hope with this update they put a Broadwell CPU and the higher GPU inside. If they want to keep that 1440p screen, I want a little more GPU power to handle it!
     
  4. Cryio

    Cryio TS Booster Posts: 192   +58

    They updated the Type Cover already with the Surface 3. I expect them to do the same with the Pro 4.
     
  5. Cryio

    Cryio TS Booster Posts: 192   +58

    Broadwell? You're thinking small. A release so late in the year ? Expect Skylake U.
     
  6. lived

    lived TS Rookie

    I hope they will release Surface 4 with OLED monitor.
     
  7. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    I am mostly thinking on the level of the GPU, skylakes recent GPUs on desktop were not as good as the broadwell ones which is why I was hoping for the other architecture. Though I would not mind the Skylake one with a nice GPU if they do it!
     
  8. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 867   +277

    Surfaces are basically just small laptops... are there Skylake CPUs for laptops yet?
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2015
  9. Cryio

    Cryio TS Booster Posts: 192   +58

    Broadwell on desktop uses Iris Pro. Normal Skylake so far uses only the fastest Intel HD option. They'll keep Iris pro for a later release possibly. Something along 6700R instead of K.

    Anyway, since we are talking about mobile U CPUs for laptops and Surface Pro especially, Skylake's U iGPU will be faster than Broadwell's U iGPU.
     
  10. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    Yes, but I am just hoping they put something really nice inside their U lineup this go round (At least on the i7 and maybe i5). I just hope for some more GPU power on the lower levels where it would be the most helpful.
     
  11. Filip B

    Filip B TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +9

    I hope they won't use Broadwell but Skylake.
     
  12. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 867   +277

    If they're releasing the Surface Pro 4 shortly - and Skylake Mobile doesn't exist yet.... I would think the odds of them using Skylake would be pretty small....
     

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