The countdown for Microsoft’s media event in New York begins. In less than 24 hours, the event kicks off at 10 A.M ET later today. The software giant has already sent media invites for the event the teaser for which reads, “We have some exciting news to share about Windows 10 devices”. Implying there’s a slew of new high-end Windows hardware waiting to be unwrapped.
Hence, here’s a quick round-up of what we can expect to witness at the upcoming Microsoft event.
Surface Pro 4
We can expect the Windows maker to announce its next-gen Surface Pro 4 hybrid. The next convertible is likely to get a beefier processor – and might feature Intel’s latest Skylake chipsets. Intel’s latest Skylake architecture are supposed to be more energy efficient. Hence, we can expect the new Surface range to get a major push in terms of battery life.
Though what most users would be looking forward to is the Windows Hello authentication feature in Windows 10. Hence, there’s a high probability that the upcoming Surface hybrid might also feature an Intel Real Sense 3D camera for facial recognition or a fingerprint scanner.
Besides, earlier reports also suggest the possibility of a large screen variant for the upcoming hybrid. Hopefully, the upcoming Surface Pro 4 lives up to the standards set by its predecessor of a complete hybrid experience.
Lumia 950 and 950 XL
Rumors of Microsoft prepping Lumia flagship smartphones that’ll showcase the power of the new Windows 10 Mobile have been popping up constantly on the web. Recent leaks of these devices also seem to have been accidentally listed on Microsoft Store UK, revealing a fair amount of details about these expected flagships called the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. The duo will most likely feature an Iris scanner along with wireless charging capabilities.
From what we know so far, The Lumia 950 will reportedly feature a 5.2-inch QHD (1440 x 2560) display, a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chipset bundled with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with microSD card support, a 3000mAh battery and a 20MP PureView camera along with a 5MP selfie cam. While its bigger sibling the Lumia 950 XL is rumored to get the same set of specs, barring a larger 5.7-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 810 chipset and a slightly beefier 3300 mAh battery.
It is also worthing pointing out that the duo will also get the much-hyped Windows Hello for biometric authentication and Continuum, a new feature that turns your smartphone into a PC.
Apart from the above-mentioned flagships, Microsoft is also expected to announce an entry-level smartphone tipped to be the Lumia 550. Word out there suggests the upcoming budget Windows 10 handset will feature a 5-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor bundled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Optics includes a 5MP rear camera with LED flash along with a 2MP selfie cam, while juicing up the device will be a 1905mAh battery.
Microsoft Band 2
Another device expected to be unveiled at the event is the Microsoft Band 2. Alleged renders of the wearable device codenamed ‘Enovy’, has appeared on the web sporting completely revamped design aesthetics compared to its predecessor. It gets a much slimmer form factor featuring a curved display and metallic sides. Apart from the overhauled visual appeal, the next-gen Band is also expected to get a slew of improved sensors which include GPS, microphone, UV sensor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer and galvanic skin responses.
In addition, the Windows maker might also announce a slew of updates for the Xbox One along with Xbox Beta app for Windows 10. Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb aka Major Nelson recently confirmed that they are planning to bring Cortana to the Xbox One for beta testing later this year and plans to officially launch the feature by next year.
Hence, there’s a hell of a lot that Microsoft might have in store for us later today. It is also possible that the company might have a few surprises as well for today’s event for devices that haven’t been leaked already, though chances of that happening are rather bleak.