A new version of fitness tracker, Microsoft Band 2, has been launched by Microsoft. Microsoft Band 2 will run on Windows 10, latest operating system of the company and will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime.
Unlike its predecessor, the new Band comes with a curved display featuring Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and a new barometer sensor to track elevation. It is sleeker and smarter than Microsoft Band launched last year. Its curved display and improved features are exactly what we want from Microsoft. Some of the new features of this band include flexible strap with no rigidity, new battery charging mechanism, 48-hour battery life, Cortana’s ability to reschedule missed workouts and more.
Microsoft Band 2 features a continuous optical heart rate monitor and onboard GPS. It can track calories burned, sleep quality, floors climbed and deep exercise. This second-generation Microsoft Band will be both scratch resistant and more responsive to touch input. The sensors have been upped to 11 from 10. The new barometer has the capability to track elevation. Like the first model, the new one has built-in GPS, heart-rate sensor, calorie tracking, gyroscope and accelerometer.
Microsoft Band 2 is compatible with iPhone, Android Phones and Windows Phone and can display phone calls, text messages, email and app notifications. Microsoft Health is available as a universal Windows app allows one to set wellness goals and receive actionable insights.
Like the first one, the new model is black plastic and glass cuff. The Band 2 with its curved display and flexible sides gives a premium look to the wearer. The materials offer the combination of metal, rubber and glass.
A quick look at Microsoft Band 2:
|Specifications||Details||Display Size||32mm x 12.8mm|
|Resolution||320 x 128 pixels|
|Battery Life||48 hours of normal use|
|Sensors||Optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer/gyro, Gyrometer, GPS, Ambient light sensor, Skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, Capactive sensor, Galvanic skin response, Microphone, Barometer|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)|
|Supported mobile devices||Works with Windows Phone 8.1 update, iPhone: 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, iOS 8.1.2, and many Android™ 4.3-5.0 phones, with Bluetooth|
It will be made available for pre-order from Tuesday for $249.99 and will be in stores October 30. Microsoft has also unveiled Lumia Smartphones, Surface Pro 4 tablet and the surprising Surface Book at the New York event.
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