This week on tech, it was all about Microsoft devices. On October 6th, during the Windows 10 Devices event in New York City, the software giant unveiled a number of devices, which signaled that Microsoft isn’t just a software company, but a device company as well.
During the event the Redmond company announced the new flagship of Lumia smartphones, including the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Both are premium phones with great hardware and support for Windows Hello and Continuum. The major difference between these two handsets is the size, battery, and processor.
Alongside these new smartphones, Microsoft unveiled the Lumia 550, which is simply a more affordable mid-range phone without support for Continuum or Windows Hello, but it includes great hardware for $139.
The company also revealed the Microsoft Band 2, which is the second generation of its fitness tracker. The new band features a curved display, new elegant design, and an eleventh sensor to measure elevation in real-time.
As expected, the Surface Pro 4 got announced as well. The new tablet is thinner, lighter, and faster than the Surface Pro 3. It features Intel’s latest Skylake processors ranging from the Core m3, to Core i5, and Core i7. Customers will also have the choice of 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, all the way up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM.
The biggest surprise during the event was the introduction of the Surface Book, which is the first laptop built by Microsoft. The Surface Book is built for those individuals with high performance demands. The laptop features the latest Intel’s 6th Generation processors, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage.
Perhaps the most interesting feature about the Surface Book is that you can remove the display and convert the laptop into a tablet. As a tablet the battery life and performance get reduced dramatically because the device has been built as a laptop first solution.
Along with the new devices, the company also unveiled various new accessories including the new Surface Dock, which is compatible with previous version of the Surface line and it allows you to connect to a wired network and up to two 4K monitors, and USB accessories.
There is also the new Microsoft Display Dock, which is an optional accessory you will need to purchase when you want to use Continuum for phones. In addition, there is a new Surface Pro 4 Type Cover and Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID, which brings Windows Hello to Surface Pro 3. A new Surface Pen with pen storage moving away from the pen loop and tail eraser, and Microsoft is also making available interchangeable pen tips.
This week Windows 10 build 10558 leaked onto the web unveiling the new Messaging app, Edge tab preview, and various other changes. For this leak, I have added a new video highlighting all the changes.