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Report: Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Band 2, new Lumias coming October

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It’s abundantly clear that 2015 is a huge year for Microsoft software, but hardware has been sorely missed.

Fortunately, Microsoft is plotting a huge hardware launch event for October 2015.

That’s according to new information from the The Verge, which cites “sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans”.

There’ll be plenty of devices on offer at the event, landing in an otherwise hardware-lacking year.

For a start, it’s reported that we’ll see two new Lumia handsets – perhaps the oft-rumoured Lumia 950 and 950 XL – although we don’t have specifics for either device yet.

There have been several reports recently of a “Windows Surface” powerhouse flagship being in the works, but it’s not clear if such a device will launch at the October event.

It’s also claimed that we’ll finally see the Surface Pro 4, following on from last year’s Surface Pro 3 and this year’s Surface 3.

What’s more, the Microsoft Band 2 has been tipped for an unveiling. That’s the sequel to the company’s fledgling fitness tracker.

Chinese site WPDang also claims that we’ll see a scaled-down Xbox One 'Mini' at the event, but we can’t say for sure whether this rumour will come to fruition.

Since this is purported to be a large event, there’s a good chance we’ll see other bits of hardware launching too, aside from the aforementioned device.

For instance, there have also been rumours of a Surface Mini tablet, which could soon see the light of day.

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We’ve been expecting a horde of devices from Microsoft this autumn for a while now.

That’s because Microsoft just launched Windows 10, and is set to release Windows 10 Mobile in autumn.

Both platforms need launch vehicles, and Microsoft now looks set to deliver come October.

Microsoft has yet to officially confirm any press events for October, so we’ll have to take this report with a pinch of salt for now.

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Kulti Vator

August 20, 2015, 4:30 pm

A cooler running, but more powerful Surface Pro 4 would be a welcome addition - preferably with keyboard cover included in the RRP this time around.

But sadly, I think Microsoft want mimic Apple and milk you for every little accessory they can.

Dead Words

August 20, 2015, 8:41 pm

You don't know the specifics for the Lumia devices yet? The full specs have been leaking consistently for weeks now!

Dead Words

August 20, 2015, 8:43 pm

I think Microsoft is way better than Apple, but they could still do it better.
The reason they don't bundle them together is because there's so many different specifications and colors for the Surface and the keyboard that it would be nearly impossible to get the bundle you wanted. However, it would be beneficial if Microsoft offered a free keyboard with any Surface Pro or maybe the higher spec Surfaces.

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