Back in late August, we received word that Microsoft would be holding an event in October to showcase the best it has to offer with respect to Windows 10 hardware. Today, Microsoft confirmed those intentions, announced that it will hold a hardware event in New York City on October 6th.
Microsoft isn’t sharing any further details on what it plans to reveal other than to state that it has “some existing news to share about Windows 10 devices.” But that’s fine; we already know with near certainty what Microsoft will launch early next month.
For starters, we can expect to see the Surface Pro 4, which is long overdue. The Surface Pro 3 was introduced over a year ago, and recently has been the subject of countless promotions offering up to $300 off the MSRP for students. Given that the Surface Pro 3 is also carrying with its “tired” old hardware under the hood, we’re expecting to see Intel Skylake processor lurking under the Surface Pro 4’s glass display and perhaps some movement on available RAM and storage capacities (the current Surface Pro 3 tops out with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD).
Microsoft is facing even more competition in this space now that Lenovo and even Apple have announced their own “Surface Pro Clones” in recent weeks. And Dell is set to announce its similar-in-concept XPS 12 next month.
Microsoft hasn’t had much luck in recent years in the smartphone space, as can be attested by its rather disastrous acquisition of Nokia’s Hardware and Services division, but the company is moving full steam ahead with Windows 10 Mobile and new flagship smartphones to showcase the operating system. Two flagship devices are expected to be revealed: a 5.2-inch Lumia 950 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and a 5.2-inch 1080p display and the 5.7-inch QHD Lumia 950 XL which will sport a Snapdragon 810 processor.
The last major product announcement which is expected to be on tap at Microsoft’s October hardware even is a second generation Band wearable. Not much is known about what Microsoft is planning this time around, but we’re hoping that Microsoft works it magic to make a thinner and lighter device with a larger display screen. And it wouldn’t hurt if the folks in Redmond would offer up color choices other than black.