New Microsoft Band with curved display announced for $249.99, available October 30th

Microsoft has unveiled its next generation fitness tracker dubbed as Microsoft Band. It is sleeker than the original Band and features a curved display and comes with 11 advanced sensors.

New Microsoft Band-2

The device has a curved, touch-sensitive AMOLED display that comes with a Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It lets you reach your health and fitness goals by tracking your heart rate, exercise, calorie burn, and sleep quality, and also lets you check email, text and calendar alerts on your wrist. The band will receive text message previews allow you to reply to texts with a standard quick response like “I’ll call you later,” or create your own set of replies in the app. Advanced sensors track data specific to running, biking and golfing, and technology from Microsoft Health gives you actionable insights based on your data.

New Microsoft Band-1

The new Microsoft Band is equipped with a Cortana integration. In case of Windows Phone 8.1 or later, users can ask Cortana to type or dictate responses with your voice. It also comes with a barometer that help you measure elevation changes in real-time and tools for estimating a ‘VO2 max‘ reading. Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health lets you share your activity data with your favorite fitness apps. The company has teamed up with partners like Uber, RunKeeper, Starbucks, Subway, Lose it, MyFitnessPal, Twitter and Facebook.

Key Specifications of the new Microsoft Band:

  • 32mm x 12.8mm Curved AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Material: Thermal plastic elastomer silicone vulcanate (TPSiV)
  • 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
  • Operating Temperature Ranges -10°C to 40°C (14°F to 104°F)
  • Maximum Operating Altitude -300m to +4877m
  • Haptic vibration motor
  • Cortana Integration
  • Supported Devices: 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
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Charge Cable Connector: Custom charge cable
  • Li -Polymer Battery with 48 hours life, Full charge in less than 1.5 hours

The new Microsoft Band is priced at $249.99 and will be available available for pre-order starting today. It will start shipping from October 30.

Author: Sneha Bokil

Sneha Bokil is a tech enthusiast and is currently using OnePlus 3T but she still treasures her Nokia N70 (M). You can follow her on Twitter @snehabokil and on Google+