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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and new Lumia flagships to launch on 6th October

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If you’re anticipating something big from Microsoft, mark your calendars on 6th October. They will be having an event in New York City promising to share something interesting about Windows 10 devices. Without hinting on actual products, it is safe to assume that Microsoft would be unveiling its latest Surface Pro 4 as well as its new flagship Lumia 950/950 XL. They are quite a huge deal as Microsoft’s first devices with Windows 10 running fresh out of the box.

Surface Pro 4 12″/14″

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The Surface Pro 3 that’s proven to be a laptop power house in a tablet form factor has been around for more than a year now. Don’t expect a major change for its design and the overall form factor and ports are expected to be the same which is good news for those that have made significant investment in accessories like its docking station.

This time around, the new Surface Pro 4 could come in 2 sizes – a standard 12″ like the current model and a much larger 14″ version. It has been rumoured that Microsoft might be pushing a 4K display on the 14 incher, doubling the 2160×1440 resolution of its current Surface Pro 3.

Under the hood, you can expect Intel’s new 6th generation of Skylake processors and it will be available in multiple combinations of RAM and storage capacities to suit different needs. The new Surface Pro 4 is said to be more power efficient and it might be slightly thinner and lighter than the current model.

Lumia 950/950XL

After releasing several entry to mid-range Lumia devices, Microsoft is finally announcing its new flagship smart phones that could be worth the wait. Initially rumoured as the Lumia 940/940XL, both models are likely to be announced as the 950/950XL next month with Windows 10 mobile making its debut.

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In terms of specs, both models will be the first Windows Mobile devices to push a Quad HD displays on a 5.2″ screen on the 950 and a larger 5.7″ with the 950 XL. Under the hood, the 950 is expected to get a 64-bit Snapdragon 808 while its bigger sibling is powered by a top of the line Snapdragon 810 processor unit.

Both models are expected to get 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage which is expandable via microSD. In terms of cameras, a higher resolution 20MP PureView camera will take centre stage at the back with a triple-LED flash, while the front gets a 5MP shooter. Another first for Microsoft is the usage of USB Type-C for charging and data transfer.

The Lumia 950 is said to come with a 3,000mAh battery while the 950 XL gets a larger 3,300mAh unit, both of which supports Qi wireless charging. On top of the devices above, Microsoft could be announcing an updated wearable that’s called the Microsoft Band 2. Which one excites you more? The new Surface Pro or a brand new Lumia with Windows 10? Let us know in the comments below.

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Alexander Wong