Rumor: Lumia flagships launch date set for October 10th

Sean Michael

A lot of discussion has circled around the upcoming Lumia flagships, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. The specs have been leaked, images have gotten out, and fans have reacted. The main things to wait for at this point are the devices being officially announced, seen, and launched. Many of the details about the Lumia flagships have come via Evan Blass who is commonly known as @evleaks on Twitter. He has a long track record of revealing insider information and today wrote a guest editorial for WMPowerUser. In it he discusses the smartphone market and how it’s changed over the years. The most noteworthy thing he said is that the Lumia flagships are “set for an October 10th (10/10, get it?) launch” .
This would line up with timelines we’ve heard in the past and create a clever bit of fun due to the date being 10/10. Rumors are swirling about an October launch event for the new flagship phones along with a new Surface Pro 4, and a new Microsoft Band. Since October 10th is a Saturday, this could be the launch date of the device being sold, not the day it will be officially announced. While most hardware launches are set to the date of when devices are ready, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are the first devices that will run Windows 10 Mobile out of the box, untouched by Windows 8.1.
Because the main hold up is likely software and not hardware, it’s hard to say how set in stone these details are. A new build of Windows 10 Mobile drops today and it will be a great indicator of how far along the operating system is. Generally the final month before an OS launch is reserved for bug fixing, with features being finishes previously. That being said, we haven’t received many builds of Windows 10 Mobile so its progress is hard to predict.