Microsoft Band 2 might finally have a curved screen

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.While the original Microsoft Band fared well in terms of functionality, it’s safe to say that its design, which sported a rigidly flat display, left a lot to be desired. The blog is claiming we can expect a new metallic finish, at least on part of the front display panel, but also 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).

Physical buttons are also here, and the report says it will be more widely available across more markets at launch, including European countries like Spain, France, Italy, and Germany. According to a report published today out of Spain, the fitness band is code named “Envoy” and has a much nicer looking design than the original model. In the days since the report hit, many around the internet have weighed in, feeling this financier to be none other than Microsoft and hence -while this is just speculation – the Band 2 could end up being one of the results of such endeavors.

Word has it that Microsoft’s already testing the new Band in Europe, which could be a sign that the company is aiming at an worldwide launch from the very beginning. The images show a completely redesigned device with a curved display and metallic touches around its face, including physical buttons that will likely make the second Microsoft Band easier to navigate. Microsoft is getting ready to introduce the second-generation Band, its smart wristband which debuted in November 2014 and proved to be a really successful product.

It is expected that we’ll find out more about Band 2 at the next Microsoft event on 6 October, but Microsoft Insiders hints that the new version includes at least one new sensor. There’s also a GPS radio for tracking routes, and a microphone for dictating notes on the run.” While the first-generation band was received with mixed reviews, it generally did as advertised, and was complimented for being simple and easy to use. It’s cross-platform availability was also important to its adoption, but nonetheless it was plagued with poor battery life, and some had concerns that it wasn’t waterproof enough. I’d expect some sort of refresh to the Microsoft Health app, which syncs up with the band to display collected biometrics data, and is available on Windows Phone, Android, and iOS.

In the meantime, here’s a shot of the original band from 2014 to refresh your memory: Microsoft Corporation is a public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through … read more »

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