Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at Future Unleashed event held in Mumbai announced that the latest flagship smartphones – Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL will launch in India by December this year. Also, Surface Pro 4 will become available by January next year.
Lumia 950 is priced at $549 (approximately ₹36,000), while 950 XL is at $649 (around ₹42,000). These rates are based on currently Lumia device prices in the United States.
Both running Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL were announced in October at Windows 10 devices event.
Microsoft Lumia 950 supports hexa–core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and 5.2–inch display, while 950 XL comes with an octa–core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 along with 5.7–inch display.
Both Lumia devices come with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 20 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front cameras, and can shoot 4K videos. Lumia device support USB Type–C for quick charging.
With Lumia devices, Microsoft introduced the Continuum feature which allows you to connect and use your phone on a larger screen, just like your PC.
In addition to that, Nadella confirmed that the latest tablet from Microsoft, Surface Pro 4 will be available by January next year priced at approximately ₹59,000 (based on $899 US price).
The Surface Pro 4 was launched in October along with Lumia devices in the United States and became available within the month on October 26. This Windows 10 device comes with a 12.3–inch PixelSense display which can produce up to 5–million pixels, making it the highest display on a Windows tablet.
Also, the Surface Pro 4 has a hybrid cooling system, along with a built-in fingerprint reader for secure authentication during log-in.
During the announcement, Satya Nadella said,
We’ve seen a lot demand for the Surface in India, and we are bringing it here in January.
But we’ll have to see should there be any price adjustments from Microsoft when launching in the Indian market. For now, the prices included are based on the US market.
No update yet on the availability of Microsoft’s latest laptop the Microsoft Surface Book.
In addition to Lumia devices launch in India, Microsoft also announced that the company is partnering with Maharashtra government to build 50 smart villages by the end of 2016.
Confirming this announcement, Maharashtra Chief Minister Davendra Fadnavis said,
We are not only looking at building smart cities but smart villages. Our first such project is the Arinsal village where Microsoft will help us. We are looking to build 50 smart villages by the end of 2016.