Microsoft Band 2 Leaked Images Show Off A Sleek New Curved Display

21 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Leaked: New images hint at second-gen Microsoft Band 2 to come with curved screen, fresh design.

The flat-faced Microsoft Band wasn’t hailed as the most stylish wearable ever, but leaked renders of what is expected to be the second generation device surfaced via Microsoft Insider on Sunday, showing a new curved display.

New Delhi: Microsoft has not made official its plans for the second-generation version of its Microsoft Band, but a Spanish tech website has published images of the purported wearable-in-the-making.Last year, the Microsoft Band might not have been as successful as the Redmond giant had wanted it to be, but it was nonetheless an impressive step for the company as their first foray into the wearable market.LONDON — Microsoft Corp. didn’t have a huge amount of success with its first fitness tracker but the company is set to try again with the Band 2 and ahead of its expected launch on Oct. 6, images of what it will look like have leaked online.

The blog claims that we can expect a new metallic finish, at least on part of the front display panel, and physical buttons, as well as some new functionality — for example, users will finally be able to measure elevation (i.e. climbing or descending flights of stairs or otherwise steep terrain). The leaked images were first published by Spanish website Microsoft Insider and, if accurate, show a heavily redesigned fitness tracker that features a curved screen similar to that seen on Samsung’s Gear Fit, which was launched last year.

The report said the device will be more widely available across more markets at launch, including European countries like Spain, France, Italy, and Germany. While we’re not completely convinced that this is what Microsoft is planning, there are few ways that things can go and this seems to be most likely. The new addition to the wearable portfolio of the company will sport the same style, but judging by the images, the company refined materials and redesigned the inner parts of the band to fit more comfortably. There’s also a GPS radio for tracking routes, and a microphone for dictating notes on the run.” While the first-generation band received mixed reviews, it generally did as advertised, and earned compliments for being simple and easy to use. Since there’s little difference between the first and second generation devices, if these renders turn out to be real, we’re not expecting too much out of it.

Still, sources say we should be looking more at the Samsung Gear S2 when thinking of competition than any other wearable, which leads us to believe Microsoft is adding a data connection or SIM card support to the new wearable. The original Band worked with its Health app on iOS, Android and of course Windows smartphones, which follows the company’s broader push to make its software available on as many platforms as possible.

Although pinpointing features that will be included in the next generation of Microsoft wearables is a hard task, we can try to piece together the bits and pieces of leaked info that has built up over the past few months. One guess that seems plausible is a new set of fitness tracking capabilities that would allow athletes to monitor their jumps, count the stairs that they climb and even determine altitude.

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