Microsoft has announced plans to launch new Windows 10 hardware at an October 6th event in New York City. While the company isn’t saying what hardware we should expect, word on the street is that Microsoft will use the event to launch the long-rumored Surface Pro 4 tablet and Lumia 950 and Lumix 950 XL smartphones.
There’s not much we know about the next-gen Surface tablet, but it seems likely that it’ll be powered by an Intel 6th-gen Core “Skylake” processor. Last year’s model has a 4th-gen “Haswell” chip, which was the latest generation Intel offered at the time the Surface Pro 3 launched.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 will have plenty of competition: Apple recently unveiled its iPad Pro tablet, Dell’s expected to launch a 12 inch Windows tablet with a 4K display soon, and Toshiba may have a 12 inch tablet in the works as well.
The new Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones, code-named Talkman and Cityman, are expected to be some of the first devices to support Continuum for Phone, allowing you to connect the phones to desktop docking stations in order to run apps in desktop mode.
Hold the Windows 10 phones in your hands, and you’ll have a touch-friendly user interface. Connect to an external monitor and the Start Screen acts as a Start Menu, a taskbar appears, and you get multi-column views for apps, along with keyboard and mouse support.
The Lumia 950 is expected to feature a 5.2 inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, and a 3,000 mAh battery, while the Lumia 950 XL should have a 5.7 inch screen, a Snapdragon 810 processor, and a 3,300 mAh battery.
Both are expected to have 2560 x 1440 pixel displays, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 20MP rear cameras, 5MP front cameras, microSD card slots, USB Type-C connectors, and support for Qi wireless charging.