Microsoft Band 2 with curved display leaks, expected October 6

21 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Just around the Band: Is this Microsoft’s wearable sequel?.

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 leaked via Microsoft Insider on Sunday showing a 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.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.When Microsoft introduced its Band wearable fitness device last year, some were impressed that the company had the foresight to make it compatible with Android.

While the original 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). The Band 2 is now expected to debut on October 6 during Microsoft’s hardware event, when the company is also projected to present the new Surface Pro 4 and Lumia 950 and 950 XL.

Thankfully, it appears that the device’s style shortcomings could soon be rectified in its second generation if the renders leaked by Spanish site Microsoft Insider are to be believed. The company’s wearable device turned out to be quite successful so there are many people out there waiting to see what it’s able to achieve with the new one. 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. Rumors have been Surfacing as of late about a Band 2, and MicrosoftInsider has obtained images of what purportedly may be the new device, said to be developed under the codename “Envoy”. The Band will reportedly exhibit some new features, including the ability to track inclines in a user’s steps, leading to much more accurate fitness statistics.

This past week however, a report out of Korea made reference to an unnamed US company that was heavily investing in LG’s foldable OLED display operations. If this really is Microsoft’s next fitness tracker then the company certainly has improved its design game, but seeing as how these renders come from an unofficial source, we can’t really be sure of anything at this point in time.

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. While the battery of the device was placed on the side of the original version of the device, the battery is placed under the display of the Microsoft Band 2. The new version will feature all the sensors such as heart rate monitor, accelerometer, GPS, microphone, ambient sensor, Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) and UV sensor that are available on the first generation device.

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.

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