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article imageMicrosoft announces October 6th event for Lumia, Surface and more

By James Walker     Sep 14, 2015 in Technology
Microsoft has begun sending out press invites to an event in New York City on October 6. The company is expected to announce its new flagship Windows 10 Mobile smartphones, a new Surface tablet and other Windows 10-powered devices.
Neowin reports Microsoft is promising "exciting news to share about Windows 10 devices," finally taking to the stage to give Windows fans the hardware they have been wanting for years. The anticipation surrounding this event is not ill-founded as Microsoft has been neglecting its closest followers for so long, launching wave after wave of budget Windows Phones without so much as a thought for the top-end.
The last flagship Windows Phone device, the Lumia 930, launched in June last year and has since been taken off sale in several markets, leaving the brand without a true range-topper. The Lumia 930 and 2013's Lumia 1520 have continued to carry the Windows Phone standard but their hardware is noticeably aging. Both use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM.
The devices will finally be superseded by Microsoft's new Lumia 950 and 950 XL handsets in under a month's time.
The 950 and 950 XL will feature a Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM. The 950 will use a 5.2-inch display while the XL variant will have a super-sized 5.7-inch unit. The larger phone will also be offered with Microsoft's Surface Pen stylus, creating a true flagship device that is a worthy competitor to the iPhone 6S and contemporary Android devices.
Codenamed Talkman and Cityman respectively, the 950 and 950 XL have been designed with Microsoft's core audience of hungry fans in mind, according to CEO Satya Nadella.
Nadella has proven to be very accepting of Windows Phone's minority position in the market, saying that the company is now building phones for three audiences: business users, budget buyers and the hardcore fans it cannot afford to neglect. These are the people who already use a Lumia 930 and 1520 and who are finally about to be offered the devices they have been asking for.
The event is not expected to be dedicated to Lumia though. A replacement for the also-ageing Surface Pro 3 tablet is likely to be unveiled featuring Intel's Skylake processors, an updated design, Windows Hello support and new features to rival the growing numbers of Surface copies that are beginning to appear from notable manufacturers including Dell and Lenovo.
Other devices that could make an appearance include an updated Microsoft Band wearable and perhaps a new Xbox variant, although Microsoft recently firmly debunked rumours of a "mini" version of the console that would lose the Blu-ray drive to facilitate a slimmer design.
With only three weeks to go until the event that so many Windows fans have been waiting for, we'll have all the answers soon enough. #Windows10Devices will start at 10 a.m. EDT at the Moynihan Station in New York City on October 6 and will be available to watch via a livestream online.
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