With IFA, Samsung Unpacked, and Apple’s iPhone launch event behind us, we’ve only got a couple more big smartphone announcements to look forward to in these days of late summer and early fall. Up next may be Google’s new Nexus phones in late September, and then after that we’ve been anticipating the debut of Microsoft’s first Windows 10 Mobile handsets, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. While we previously heard talk about a possible October 19 launch event, we’re now considering the idea that the pair could launch just a little sooner, as smartphone-leak maven Evan Blass raises an alternate theory.

In an new editorial discussing Microsoft’s efforts with these upcoming phones, Blass offers an October 10 date for the company’s launch announcement. As he points out, there’s a lovely bit of marketing serendipity there: the first Windows 10 smartphones on 10/10.

Blass followed that post by sharing a new image of the Lumia 950 through his famous @evleaks Twitter account, but has subsequently deleted the message. That should send up some alarms that something could be wonky about this pic or its sourcing, and as such we’re not putting a ton of faith in it, but it is generally consistent with earlier Talkman/950 renders, so we’re including it below for the sake of completeness.

950-ev-wmp

Source: WMPoweruser 1,2, @evleaks (Twitter – deleted)

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