With the recent unveiling of Google’s new Nexus 5X and 6P phones, which comes not even a month after Apple’s newest iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, it can be a hard task to wait to get your hands on two of the hottest devices of the year. However, if you haven’t already pulled the trigger, you might want to hold on just a little bit longer before making a solid decision if you’re in the market for a new smartphone.
As you may or may not be aware, Microsoft will be holding an event just around the corner on October 6th. Unlike many events in mobile, there are no secrets here. The event’s tagline reads: “We have some exciting news to share about Windows 10 devices.” Along with recent leaks (even from Microsoft themselves) we can reasonably expect to see Microsoft’s newest Lumia flagships, the Lumia 950 and the 950XL.
Windows Phone 8.1, the current official mobile operating system from Microsoft, is and has never done too well in mobile. Every once in a while you’d see a small hype for a new Nokia Lumia flagship with some great new cameras, but beyond that any hype for Windows Phone was hard to come by.
The revamped Windows 10, however, has a real chance at succeeding with consumers.
Although Microsoft is now behind the wheel of the Lumia brand, the rumors of the new Lumia 950 and 950XL hardware don’t seem any less appealing in regards to their hardware. Although not all of the details have been leaked or rumored, certain details that have come up on multiple occasions are ones that could definitely help Microsoft’s case.
For starters, there’s the camera. As I previously mentioned, Lumia flagships have always been keen on their cameras. The Lumia 950 and 950XL are rumored to sport 20-megapixel cameras with ZEISS optics, which are great for taking photos. There’s also the rumor that both models will sport 32GB of internal storage, with option for expandable storage via microSD up to 2TB (which isn’t possible yet, but seems to future-proof the phone a bit). And finally, of course, there’s the hope that Windows 10 Mobile turns out to be just as good and highly praised as the Windows 10 operating system.
Given that Microsoft is aiming for tighter unification with its Windows 10 platforms, there’s some serious hope that this could be a great thing for Microsoft. If the specs work out well, the price is reasonable, and barring that the infamous “app gap” is actually fixed this time around, there’s a real chance for Microsoft’s mobile platform to make some people take a chance on the updated platform.
Because of this potential, I would recommend waiting to see what Microsoft actually has in store regarding Windows 10 devices. Worse comes to worse, you’ll know exactly what you’re passing up in favor of any other smartphone on the market. On the other hand, you might find that Windows 10 Mobile just might be the mobile OS for you. With the event happening in a week, there’s little reason to jump the gun if you’re not in dire need of a new phone.