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Surface Pro 4, Band 2 and new Lumia phones set to debut at Microsoft’s huge October event

Published Aug 20th, 2015 8:45AM EDT
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It appears that Apple isn’t the only technology company hosting a massive hardware launch event this fall. On Thursday, Chinese Windows blog WPDang revealed that Microsoft will hold a press conference in October during which the company will announce its upcoming slate of devices, including the Surface Pro 4, the Band 2 and two new Lumia phones.

READ MORE: The next Microsoft Surface might fix everything that’s wrong with the Galaxy Note 5

The Verge has since confirmed these plans with its own sources, claiming that the Surface Pro 4 and the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will be the focus of the event. A full list of specifications have been leaked for the Lumias in the past — it was just a matter of time before Microsoft unveiled the phones.

As for the Surface Pro 4, a major reconfiguration isn’t expected for the next-gen tablet, but rumors suggest that it might pack Intel’s new Skylake processor, a larger internal hard drive and a higher resolution display.

The Microsoft Band 2 likely won’t receive the same amount of attention as the mobile devices, but the wearable should certainly be an improvement over its predecessor. The fitness device market has only become more saturated since Microsoft launched the original Band in October of last year.

WPDang also claims that Microsoft will announce a new, slimmer Xbox One console at the event, but it seems unlikely that the Xbox team would have skipped the chance to unveil new hardware at either E3 2015 or at Gamescom earlier this summer. Still, be on the lookout for any signs of Phil Spencer during the event.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.