Microsoft Unveils Surface Pro 4 And New Lumias Tomorrow: What To Expect And How To Watch Live

Microsoft has a big hardware unveil set for tomorrow morning and we’re eagerly awaiting to see what the company has in store. Luckily, Microsoft will be streaming the event for all to see tomorrow morning at 10 AM EST — you’ll be able to watch event online using your web browser or from the comfort of your living room on your Xbox One right here.

But what exactly is Microsoft planning to announce tomorrow? Although the company hasn’t officially said what’s on the agenda, we have a pretty good idea that we’ll see the Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, and a second generation Microsoft Band.

Surface Pro 4

Of all the devices that Microsoft is expected to announce tomorrow, we know the least about the Surface Pro 4. The current generation Surface Pro 3 tablet weighs 1.76 pounds, uses fourth generation Intel Core processors, features a 12-inch 2160x1440 display, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to a 512GB SSD. It wouldn’t be out of line to expect fifth generation Skylake-based Core processors, perhaps a 4K (or higher resolution) display, up to 16GB of RAM and perhaps the option for a 1TB SSD. We’d also expect Microsoft to continue the trend of making its flagship tablet thinner and lighter with each generation, so we’d like to see the weight of the tablet fall closer to 1.5 pounds.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

There are rumors floating around that Microsoft could possibly release an even bigger Surface Pro 4 variant with a 14-inch display. While the idea of manhandling a 14-inch tablet might not sound very appealing to many, Microsoft could find a receptive audience among creative types.

We also expect to see some big improvements to the pen used in the Surface Pro 4. Back in May, Microsoft bought the technology behind the Surface Pen fro N-trig for a reported $30 million. With Apple looking to step into Microsoft’s arena with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, it’s best that Microsoft stay on its toes with regards to its pen technology.

Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL

There’s not much else that would could possibly learn from Microsoft tomorrow about the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, which are the company’s newest Windows 10 Mobile flagships. We’ve seen pictures of prototypes out in the wild and numerous renders of the devices. In recent weeks, Microsoft’s own slide presentations on the two smartphones have leaked online. For those keeping score, here’s how the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL stack up:

Lumia 950 XL

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB RAM
    • 5.7-inch QHD display
    • 32GB internal storage
    • 20MP PureView camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and triple LED flash
    • 5MP front-facing camera
    • 3300 mAh battery
    • USB-C connectivity

Lumia 950

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
    • 5.2-inch QHD display
    • 3GB RAM
    • 32GB internal storage
    • 20MP PureView camera with OIS and dual LED flash
    • 5MP front-facing camera
    • 3000 mAh battery
    • USB-C connectivity

Lumia 950 XL
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Microsoft will also launch the Microsoft Display Dock alongside the new Lumias, which leverages Continuum technology to transform the smartphones into near-desktop class Windows 10 PCs.

Microsoft Band 2

Until recently, we had no idea what Microsoft had in store for its second generation wearable. We only knew that Microsoft was hard at work on the device and that it was likely soon approach given the extensive price cuts applied to the first generation model. In recent weeks, some of Microsoft’s retail partners have listed the Microsoft Band for just $100 — half its original debut price.

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Microsoft Band 2

Although we don’t have much to go by with respect to specifications, we have seen some interesting renders of the Band 2 complete with a curved display. Although the renders still show a black device with a black band, we’re hoping that Microsoft offers up some additional color options for consumers instead of taking the Henry Ford/Model T approach. As for pricing, we expect that it could debut at the same $199 price point as its predecessor when it is announced tomorrow.