Microsoft Unveils Redesigned Band 2 with Curved OLED, Costs $249
Microsoft has unveiled the second version of its fitness tracker Band. The wearable comes with an improved design to better fit on the wrist, integrated barometer and a new software – all at $249.
Available from October 30 in the U.S., the Microsoft Band 2 presented by Redmond last night offers much more than the previous version. The fitness tracker aimed especially at sportsmen, is equipped with a curved 32 x 12.8 mm OLED screen, capped by a touch-sensitive Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The resolution is 320×128 pixels, enough to display all information that this device can give you.
Under the hood, the new Band features an array of sensors, including heartbeat, three-axis accelerometer, gyro, ambient light, GPS, UV exposure, one capacitor and a microphone capacitor. The Band also adds a new barometer that helps you keep track of your elevation in real time.
The renovated fitness tracker integrates a motor for haptic vibration and Bluetooth 4.0 LE to connect with other devices including Windows Phone 8.1 or higher, iPhone 5 and later with iOS 8.1.2, and products with Android 4.4 or higher.
As with last edition, the Band 2 also comes integrated with Microsoft’s cloud-based Health platform, which can crunch your data and give you meaningful insights. Microsoft has also signed partnerships with some companies – such as Uber, Runkeeper, Starbucks and Subway – to make the Band compatible with other services.
Microsoft has also supposedly improved Cortana this time around; the digital assistant was a bit sluggish to be useful on the previous band. The new Band packs a lithium polymer battery with a range of up to 48 hours, completely rechargeable in less than 1.5 hours.