Microsoft unveils the 2nd generation Band
Along with the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 Microsoft has unveiled its second generation Band fitness bracelet. The new company product comes with a sleek curved form that is designed to conveniently fit your wrist and offers a fully metallic chassis, which is nice.
The Microsoft Band 2 can work at temps between -10°C and +40°C and offers a curved AMOLED display that measures 32 x 12.8 mm and sports Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The device also has Bluetooth 4.0 and a number of various sensors including a GPS receiver, a barometer, a heart rate sensor, an air humidity sensor, a gyroscope and more. The battery that powers the device sits right underneath the display and has enough charge to last for up to 48 hours. It is also capable of re-charging in just 1.5 hours. The software inside the Band 2 allows users to enjoy various modes, related to sports, such as a golf mode, a jogging mode and more. This optimizes the work of the bracelet while practicing these sports. In addition the device can inform you of missed calls, received messages and more.
The new Microsoft Band 2 is compatible with smartphones that run Android 4.3 or newer, iOS 8.1.2 or newer and Windows Phone 8.1/Windows 10 Mobile devices. There are a few partner apps as well such as MyFitness Pal, Strava and MapMyRun. There’s also support for Cortana in Windows 10.
The Band 2 can be pre-ordered now. The device will be in stores on October 30 and you will have to pay USD 249 for it.