Check out the rumored sequel to the Microsoft Band

Check out the rumored sequel to the Microsoft Band
We could see the Microsoft Band 2 introduced during the company's October 6th media event. According to a report published today out of Spain, the fitness band is code named "Envoy" and has a much nicer looking design than the original model. The Microsoft Band 2 brings a curved shape so that it can better fit your wrist. The front panel has a metallic build, and this time Microsoft has placed the battery underneath the display instead of on the side, where it is found on the first-generation wearable.

The new Microsoft Band 2 will reportedly be able to measure the height of your exercises (like going up and down the stairs) in addition to monitoring your heart rate, counting steps, computing the amount of burned calories, and more. The new wearable will continue to sync with Microsoft's health apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, allowing users to analyze their workouts and exercises to see how close to their goals they are getting. And the Microsoft Band 2 will continue to track how much restful sleep a user is getting each night.

If the Microsoft Band 2 is indeed unveiled on October 6th, we should soon hear much more about it at the media event, including the price and availability. We know that most of you are excited about the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, but if you are into wearables, you might want to make sure that you hear what Microsoft has to say about the sequel to its fitness band.


source: MicrosoftInsider.es (translated) via WindowsCentral

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15 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

It looks very nice, but I would much rather have a proper MS smartwatch.

2. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I am kinda curious about this, why don't they just release a Smartwatch then.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The Fitness Band does pretty much everything a smartweed does.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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5. dovking

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Wow This looks like the Gear Fit

8. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

Gear Fit is more awesome looking than this, I considered to buy one, but backed off since the functionalities offered were limited at the time of release.

7. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Looks a little thick/inflexible/uncomfortable to my eyes. Then again, I don't use a fitness band as it is.

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The original looks that way, after a few days you don't even know its on your wrist. And this is coming from a person that has tried nearly 100 watches trying to find one that fit comfortably.

13. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Well that's good to hear. It looking uncomfortable was one of my main reasons for not buying it. But, actually, I don't know if a fitness band is the right thing for me as I largely get my exercise via basketball. Logically I think it would be a bit annoying in that context.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I wear mine even when working on the car, or riding a bike etc. There is workouts on the band that you literally just click that you are excercising and it tracks stuff like hear rate etc and doesn't use gps if you don't want it to. Since you can make it stay snug, during baseball it never got in the way of batting or leaping to catch flyballs. The most annoying thing though, is the straight face when you type like I do alllllllllllllllllllllllll day at work, you cant rest your arm on the table without an awkward hump because I wear the band inside my wrist (much more comfortable than on outside of wrist). However I adjusted my keyboard so that the band is just at the edge of desk and boom problem gone. At work before I did that, I would make the face on the outside of wrist so the band part wouldn't make the hump when I was done I would turn it back around. Despite being a decent weight its on par with some real watch weights so it wasn't a bother. Because of the fit though on the wrist, I have let my friends try it out before buying, so far 7 sold to 9 tries. other two couldn't get used to the inside wrist thing.

10. Cslfiero

Posts: 68; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

I'm holding out hope that the limited use of color means that they've gone with color e ink. It would certainly improve battery life and for what it's worth, full displays really don't bring anything useful to the party other than an eye pleasing refresh rate. Not worth the costs imho.

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I wouldn't mind a 3-5 day battery as is I get about 36hrs out of mine with sleep tracking etc all on. I like the color it really stands out against others.

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