The New Microsoft Band 2 is Microsoft’s Answer to Smartwatches


microsoft-band-2-Short Bytes: Microsoft has unveiled the new Microsoft Band 2. This device is an answer to the smartwatches being sold by different smartphone companies. 

At its Windows 10 device launch event, Microsoft released its second iteration of Microsoft Band. The first version was a pretty good fitness wearable with lots of sensors at an affordable price.

The new Microsoft Band comes with a curved AMOLED display and it feels more comfortable that the first iteration which had a flat display. The new Microsoft Band comes in three different sizes.

The new version responds to touch and it comes with tougher and scratch-resistant gorilla glass.


The new Microsoft Band retains the major features of the original Band and comes with lots of sensors: Optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, Gyrometer, GPS, Ambient light sensor, Skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, Capacitive sensor, Galvanic skin response, Microphone and a new addition in the form of Barometer.


The supported mobile devices are Windows Phone 8.1 update or more, iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus with iOS 8.1.2 or more and Android™ 4.4 or later phones with Bluetooth.

You can preorder Microsoft Band 2 now for $249 in the US and £199.99 in the UK with availability on October 30.

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