This fall should see the Redmond-based tech giant refresh its high-end smartphone and “laplet” lineups, as well as revamp the low-cost Microsoft Band and reduce the size of the Xbox One console… all at once.
Is it really wise of Microsoft to wait until October for a genuine avalanche of Apple, Samsung, Fitbit and Sony-rivaling gadgets, given everyone else seems intent to show off their holiday big guns earlier? Also, wouldn’t it make perhaps more sense to separate the mobile, PC and gaming announcements?
You’d think so, yet sources out of China add to the pile of reports narrowing the glitzy event’s timeframe to the month before Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. It’s hard to even pinpoint a prospective headliner, if the Lumia 950, 950 XL, Surface Pro 4, Band 2 and Xbox One Mini will indeed break cover simultaneously.
The 950 and 950 XL are expected to overturn the ill fortune of Nokia’s final flagship handhelds, although Windows 10 Mobile software, iris recognition, USB Type-C connectivity, 5.7 and 5-inch Quad HD screens, 3 GB RAM and highly advanced PureView cameras may not be enough to put the world’s third best OS on the map.
Not if the two devices are made of plastic, and cost more than the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6.
The Surface Pro 4? Intel Skylake processing power means it probably won’t be a fanless affair, which is perfectly fine by us if MS finds a way to further cut bulk and prices. That’s likely too much to ask, as is extra battery life as far as the redesigned Band 2 is concerned.
Lastly, the Xbone Mini sounds about as plausible and practical as the oft-delayed (canceled?) Surface Mini. Perhaps less so, since so-called “insiders” claim it would ditch Blu-ray support and squeeze into a package roughly a third of the original Xbox One’s footprint. Still, we have a lot to look forward to.
Source: WM Power User