standard Microsoft event round-up: new Lumias, Band 2, Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 and much much more

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Microsoft’s all things Windows event has ended, and with so many things to talk about (and so little time to post about it), here’s a quick roundup of everything that went to down.

First up is the big surprise of the night; Microsoft’s first ever full on laptop, the Surface Book. The Surface book is another hybrid laptop, with a full detachable screen (allowing it to become a tablet); the keyboard is a fully depressable keyboard, unlike the touch type keyboard of the Surface Pro covers. Screenshot at 21-28-57

The 13.5″ screen laptop has an impressive 267 PPIs, along with a glass touch-pad; weighing in at either 3.3 or 3.5 pounds (depending on the configuration). Although Microsoft haven’t gone into details regarding the specs, but they claim it “runs a Nvidia GeForce graphics, the latest Intel Core processor, and a 12-hour battery”. The Surface Book is set to start at $1500, available for pre-order tomorrow, shipping October 26th.

Next up is the new Surface Pro 4 (and the Surface Pen) which was widely expected by Microsoft to compete with Apple’s new iPad Pro. The new Surface comes with a slightly larger 12.3″ screen (vs the 12″ screen of last years model), however the overall size of the tablet is the same.

 The storage and RAM options are as always configurable, with options reaching up to 1 TB of storage and 16 GBs of RAM. The Surface Pro 4 is already available for preorder (shipping October 26th), and starts at $899. The new updated type cover also comes with a built in finger print scanner, while keeping in mind that since the new Surface Pro 4  has the same dimensions as last years version, older accessories such as the previous type cover will still be compatible.

Microsoft Band 360 view

Besides the tablets and the laptops, as expected Microsoft have also announced the new Band 2, updating on last years design and functionality. Coming with a new curved OLED display, and more metal in the frame (as well as the buckle), the Band 2 updates the blocky look of the previous version, making it easier to wear, and more fashionable. Microsoft Band 360 view
Feature-wise the new Band comes with a barometer, to track altitude events (such as stair climbing), as well as Cortana built into it (rather than piggy backing off your Windows Phone’s Cortana). The Band 2 is available for pre-order starting today for $250.

lumia-980x490Lumia-wise Microsoft unveiled a pair of high-end Lumias, in the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, as well as a new low end Lumia, the Lumia 550.

Lumia 950 XL ($649):

  • 5.7″ Quad HD AMOLED display, 518ppi, Gorilla Glass 3, ClearBlack technology, Glance screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset with 2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A57 plus 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB RAM
  • 20MP 26mm-equiv. f/1.9 lens PureView camera, ZEISS optics, optical stabilization, triple-LED RGB flash, hardware shutter key
  • 2160p video recording
  • 5MP front selfie camera
  • Iris canner for Windows Hello unlock
  • 32GB of built-in storage, expandable via the microSD card slot by up to 200GB
  • Optional Dual SIM with LTE Cat.4 (up to 150Mbps), Cat. 6 LTE (up to 300Mbps), USB Type C port
  • 3,300 mAh battery, QuickCharge and Qi wireless charging

Lumia 950 ($549):


  • 5.2″ Quad HD AMOLED display, 564ppi, Gorilla Glass 4, ClearBlack technology, Glance screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset with 1.8 GHz dual-core Cortex-A57 plus 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 418 GPU, 3GB RAM
  • 20MP 26mm-equiv. f/1.9 lens PureView camera, ZEISS optics, optical stabilization, triple-LED RGB flash, hardware shutter key
  • 2160p video recording
  • 5MP front selfie camera
  • Iris scanner for Windows Hello unlock
  • 32GB of built-in storage, expandable via the microSD card slot by up to 200GB
  • Optional Dual SIM with LTE Cat.4 (up to 150Mbps), Cat. 6 LTE (up to 300Mbps), USB Type C port
  • 3,000 mAh battery, QuickCharge and Qi wireless charging

Lumia 550 ($139):


  • 4.7″ 720p LCD display, 315ppi, Glance screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset with 1.1 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 304 GPU, 1GB RAM
  • 5MP main camera, LED flash, 720p video recording
  • 2MP front camera
  • 8GB of built-in storage, expandable via the microSD card slot
  • Optional Dual SIM, LTE Cat.4 (up to 150Mbps)
  • 2,100 mAh battery


The Lumia 950 and 950 XL will be able to take advantage of Windows 10’s continuum feature via the new USB dock, which connects to the USB C port and adds 3 full size USB ports as well as a display port to the phones. Once connected to the display port, the Lumias will project a full Windows 10 experience as one would see on a PC or large tablet.

That’s mostly it for hardware announcements from Microsoft’s event, are you satisfied?



  • chris rock

    I don’t get it, they already are taking pre-orders for the Surface Book but you can’t find any info about the GPU, WTF?…

    • Arthur

      From what I saw in the demo, it looks to be a decent NVIDIA GPU, not GTX class but doing on the fly rendering in Adobe Premiere like that was pretty impressive. It won’t replace a dedicated gaming laptop but looks more than sufficient to play many games on Medium graphics settings especially if you spec it with an i7/16GB RAM and SSD but at that point your over $2,000.

      • Definitely confusing about what it’s packing, was hoping the standard edition would be enough to replace my current ultrabook (Acer V7 4GB 750m Nvidia, 8 GBs RAM and i5). I honestly only use it for video rendering in premiere and some occasional Civ 5 gaming. Not sure I’d be willing to shell out over 2K for the full specs though :/

        • Arthur

          Yeah it’s definitely not cheap but you have to take into consideration their target audience. This is for the user who wants the best WIndows 10 experience and isn’t will to give up anything to have it. You get the best tablet experience and best laptop experience in one device. I can’t think of another hybrid Windows computer on the market today or due out this year that will give you a better experience and the fact that it’s basically a Surface Pro on steroids, that does come with a price. Apple has commanded these type of prices for years for Macbook Pros and loyalists make the type of reasoning I am now for the Surface Book, if you are a professional in your field and require this kind of horsepower and all the benefits (battery life, top of the line screen, top of the line performance) then there is no substitute, not in the Mac world obviously and Microsoft is wanting to make the same claim that there is no Windows Surface Book equivalent and now for those people there is finally that device they have been compromising with other third party laptops for years.

  • Arthur

    Overall though, the thing that stole the show was undoubtedly the Surface Book. Some are whining about the aesthetics and how when closed that the screen isn’t flush with the keyboard. Be that as it may, looks being bjective, it is a beast of a device and isn’t pulling any punches, Microsoft is really going in for the kill. Windows 10 is too important of a milestone in their history to allow their partner OEMs to muck it up with their mostly low end, cheap, crap build quality excuses for laptops that every Best Buy is chock full of. It is the Macbook Pro Windows equivalent so many of us have been dying for years to have and the fact that it’s a two in one and does both jobs admirably is icing on the cake. Can’t wait to test it out at a Microsoft Store when it comes available.

    • chris rock

      It was pretty obvious but the Lumia part of the conference was pretty rushed, that made me think they are not very committed to the Lumia brand, they bought Nokia D&S for their presence in other markets not because of their phone business it seems…

  • When will the phones ship? Lumia 550 would be perfect for my daughter for Christmas.

    • chris rock

      I think they said end of October…

    • Steve Crow

      I thought the 950(s) ship in November and 550 December.

    • November for the 950 pair, December for 550

  • rustyknight17

    Do any of the Lumias have a removable battery?
    I agree , looks like MS isn’t committed to the Lumia it’s muck up time …

    • I believe the Lumia 950 XL and the 550 have removable batteries.

      • rustyknight17

        Hmmmm, interesting! WM 10 is also supposed. To get call recording. I’ll hav e to keep an eye on the 950, 950 XL and 550 to see if they offer significantly better value than my 830 or the upcoming! Lackberry Priv!