Microsoft Band 2 to outshine the first gen band: specs, features, release date
Analysts believe that Microsoft Band 2 is going to change the wearable device market in more than one ways. This is the reason that the wearable is being talked in superlative terms.
It is almost a year when Microsoft introduced its first wearable device. Despite being a tad expensive the wearable or Band went on to become a massive success in the world market. It not just packed lots of sensors, but made your life easier in many ways.
Though there were some battery related issues too that disheartened some of the early adopters, but things soon picked and we more heard about pluses than minuses about the first generation wearable from the Redmond based tech giant. Some people said that it was also not very comfortable to wear in your hands. But this issue is also set to be sorted out as the company is coming out with curved display.
Tech blog are already calling the next generation wearable as Microsoft Band 2. There are rumors doing the rounds that the Band 2 will be launched during the forthcoming October 6 event in New York in which Microsoft will also showcase its Surface Pro 2.
The first consequence of its impending arrival is the fact that retailers are already slashing price of the first generation band. E-tailer Best Buy in the US has already offered a $50 cut from the original $200 (Â£131) pricing of Microsoft Band. The latest discount is applicable to all size variants of the wearable: small, medium and large.
There is no denying the fact that the first wearable from Microsoft got great response in the market when it was launched last year. The wearable device actually works very efficiently with all smartphones running on almost all the major operating systems. Microsoft Band could be used with iPhones, Androids, besides with Windows Phones. Analysts have praised the wearable for working very efficiently. Microsoft Band actually feeds detailed, useful activity and sleep data into the Microsoft Health mobile app. You can connect third-party apps, including RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness and Strava, to your Microsoft account and exchange fitness data.
There are many roumors doing the rounds about its specs too. Microsoft Band 2 will be made more comfortable with a curved screen. Leaked images make it look similar to Samsung’s Gear Fit display. There are some other changes too. A report says that the band has also apparently been changed with the batteries moved out and flexibility brought in. The result should be a far more comfortable band that moves with the wearer.
64MB internal storage
ARM Cortex M4 processor
Optical heart rate sensor, GPS, UV Sensor, along with other sensors
Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
Microphone and Haptic vibration motor embedded
Compatibility: Windows Phone 8.1 Update, iOS 7.1, iOS 8, and Android 4.3, 4.4
Built-in Smart UV Monitor
Ability to read text messages, and view incoming calls, even when on the move
Email notifications and calendar integrated
Two 100mAh rechargeable Li-Ion batteries, that are claimed to operate for at least 48 hours in normal usage conditions
Batteries can be fully charged in less than 1.5 hours
Dynamic accessibility to Microsoft Windows Store, Google Play Store and Apple App repositories
Weight of the wearable is said to be 60gm.