Microsoft’s Rumored Band 2 Could Have a Curved Display

22 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Curved Microsoft Band 2 may track stair climbing, but what it really needs is more apps.

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. 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). Spanish site MicrosoftInsider published what the site claimed to be leaked images of new Band, complete with a curved display that better conforms to the user’s wrist.

The report said the device will be more widely available across more markets at launch, including European countries like Spain, France, Italy, and Germany. One other notable physical tweak that Microsoft appears to have made with the Band 2, known internally as “Envoy,” is a new location for the battery — now under the display instead of on the sides. 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. Cross-platform availability was an important factor in its adoption, but it was plagued by poor battery life, and some had concerns that it wasn’t waterproof enough.

Why this matters: If you recall, Microsoft launched the Band as if the company was somewhat embarrassed by it, giving the wearable a few small updates after it launched, and that’s it. 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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