Microsoft poised to launch Windows 10 phones come October

Microsoft has just announced that it will be hosting a Windows 10 device launch event come October, which may just open the doors to a long list of devices that the Redmond giant has up its sleeves.

The new Windows 10 device in question could in all probability be the Surface Pro 4 tablet, a successor to the immensely popular Surface Pro 3 released last year.

Microsoft is also expected to launch its next range of smartphones, namely the Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones which will be optimised to Windows 10. This suggests that Microsoft could also launch Windows 10 Mobile at the same event.

Even though Satya Nadella has so far stayed mum on these phones, Cityman (Lumia 950 XL) will feature a 5.7-inch QHD display, an octa-core processor, 32GB internal storage, 3GB RAM, 20MP and 5MP cameras and a 3,300 mAh removable battery.

On the other hand, Talkman (Lumia 950) will contain a smaller 5.2-inch QHD display and will feature an octa-core processor, 32GB internal storage, 3GB RAM, 20MP and 5MP cameras and a lighter 3,000 mAh removable battery.

Leaked image of the Cityman (Lumia 950 XL) smartphone


The two new phones will also feature wireless charging, USB Type-C ports as well as an infrared scanner in place of the usual fingerprint sensor for unlocking them.

Having suffered huge losses from the smartphone business earlier this year, Microsoft is now planning to launch the fewest phones possible to keep the business afloat. Cityman and Talkman will thus be the only phones catering to the premium segment.

Apart from these, Microsoft is also planning to launch a few mid-range and low-range smartphones in the coming months. However, little has been heard of them so far, so we do not expect Microsoft to launch them in October.

In a run up to the Windows 10 Mobile launch, Microsoft released the first build of the upcoming Windows 10 technical preview for phones back in February. This was to let members of the Windows Insider programme to get a feel of the new OS in their Windows smartphones.

The Windows Insider programme supports the Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730 and 830 devices. Existing Windows phone customers, developers as well as IT pros will look preview the new OS, one that Microsoft claims is still in development and far from perfect.

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