Microsoft has finally launched its next generation fitness tracker called the Microsoft Band 2. The device features a 32mmx12.8mm curved AMOLED screen with 320×128 pixels resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It displays texts, emails and calendar alerts right on user’s wrist and comes with 11 sensors.
Besides tracking steps taken, calories burnt and sleep quality, the wearable also comes with continuous heart rate monitor to track heart rate. It also comes with Cortana integration. As for compatibility, it is compatible with Android, iOS and Windows phone devices. The device is good enough to survive up to 48 hours and gets fully charged in 1.5 hours.
It features inbuilt GPS which makes it easier for users to see map of route on their mobile app and web dashboard while running or riding on a bike.
On design front, the device features a curved display unlike straight rectangular display of the predecessor. The band of the Microsoft Band 2 is made of thermal plastic elastomer silicone vulcanite (TPSV).
KeyFeatures Of Microsoft Band 2
- Display: 32mm x 12.8mm Curved AMOLED with 320×128 pixels resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection
- Sensors: Optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer/gyro, Gyrometer, GPS, Ambient light sensor, Skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, Capactive sensor,Galvanic skin
- Haptic vibration motor
- Compatibility: Windows Phone 8.1 or later, iPhone: 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, iOS 8.1.2, and Android 4.4 or later phones with Bluetooth
- Up to 48 hours battery life
- Charging time: 1.5 hours
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)
Price & Availability
The Microsoft Band 2 is priced at USD 249. It is available for pre-orders now and will go on sale starting October 30, 2015. There is no word on Indian pricing and availability of the device.