The first version of the Microsoft Band which was announced last year was a surprising devices for many reasons. First, nobody expected Microsoft to release this kind of device. Second, it was weirdly positioned compared to smartwatches. Priced at $249 (approx Rs 16,500), the new Microsoft Band will start selling from 30 October.

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Microsoft launched the successor to its fitness band , calling it the new Microsoft Band,  the same name as last year’s activity-tracker. The new one looks sleeker than last year’s Band, with a curved, touch-sensitive 320 x 180 pixel OLED display coated in Gorilla Glass 3. The Band features an in-built GPS, guided workouts, UV monitoring, sleep tracking, calorie tracking, distance tracking and so on.It now has Cortana integration — if you miss a workout, Cortana will remind you. It also sports an 11th sensor…a barometer. It’ll track elevation changes in real-time. For those who really care about tracking their health data, Microsoft has some hardcore tools.

Microsoft Band 2 Specs:

Category Microsoft Band 2
Material Thermal plastic elastomer silicone vulcanate (TPSiV)
Display Size 32mm x 12.8mm
Display Type Curved AMOLED
Resolution 320×128 pixels
Battery 48 hours
Average Charge Time Full charge in less than 1.5 hours
Battery Type Li-polymer
Operating Temperature Ranges -10°C to 40°C (14°F to 104°F)
Maximum Operating Altitude -300m to +4877m
Additional Technology Haptic vibration motor
Connectivity Bluetooth® 4.0 LE

Supported mobile devices

  • Windows Phone 8.1 update or greater
  • iPhone®5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus with iOS® 8.1.2 or greater
  • Android™ 4.4 or later phones with Bluetooth

Sensors

  • Optical heart rate sensor
  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • Gyrometer
  • GPS
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Skin temperature sensor
  • UV sensor
  • Capacitive sensor
  • Galvanic skin response
  • Microphone
  • Barometer (New!)

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Microsoft has evidently learned a lot from the first Band wearable, working many of the fixes and feature requests into the second version. While the first Band could be considered experimental, hence the limited rollout and promotion, Microsoft has much more confidence in the Band 2. As a result, the Band 2 should see more prolific advertisement, and it is expected to be available in the same regions where the Surface is sold.

Microsoft has announced new partnerships with the Band 2 as well, with big names including Brooks, Facebook, MapMyFitness, MapMyRide, MapMyRun, Men’s Fitness, MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper, Starbucks, Subway, TaylorMade, Twitter, Uber, and more.

 

 

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