While it is widely expected that Microsoft will use the IFA2015 consumer electronics show early next month to update on its plans for Windows 10 – particularly in the mobile space – it has also been suggested that Acer may go big with the fledgling platform.
Microsoft has a keynote session scheduled at the event, although the “breadth of new Windows 10” devices promised includes “new tablets, 2-in-1s, premium notebooks, gaming devices, and all-in-ones” – with no mention of smartphones.
But Microsoft has used the event to announce new Lumia devices in the past, and the company is expected to be planning a new flagship smartphone to herald the introduction of Windows 10 into the mobile market.
Indeed, it has been suggested that the company has two products in the works, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL (referred to as Lumia 940 and Lumia 940XL by some sources), and it has also been mooted that these will not debut at IFA, with Microsoft instead holding a stand-alone event.
Reported features include Iris scanners for biometric authentication, 2K displays and 20MP rear cameras.
While the Windows 10 platform was recently made available for PCs and tablets, no plans have been confirmed for smartphones, although November 2015 has been suggested – meaning devices will be available ahead of the lucrative Christmas holiday sales period.
Interestingly, it has also been reported that PC giant Acer is set to introduce a number of Windows 10 powered smartphones at the event in Berlin.
While Acer hasn’t troubled many of the big smartphone vendors with its efforts in this market in the past, the ability for Microsoft to show vendor commitment to Windows 10 in the mobile market will be an important fillip.
And Acer would also be an ideal partner to showcase the cross-platform capabilities of the OS, due to its presence across PCs, tablets and smartphones.