Is Microsoft preparing a futuristic 'translucent aluminum' smartwatch?

Is Microsoft preparing a futuristic 'translucent aluminum' smartwatch?
Microsoft is prototyping a smartwatch and that development has now gone under the Surface team as the company transitions to a more unified structure, according to inside sources speaking for The Verge.

This move allegedly shows how serious Microsoft is about the smartwatch form factor and that it is moving it towards completion. Earlier, the smartwatch was developed by the Xbox accessory team along with the Joule heart rate monitor.

We have previously heard that Microsoft has placed orders for 1.5-inch displays and will be using the Surface magnetic connector in the possible upcoming smartwatch.

The Microsoft smartwatch will come with removable wrist bands and color options for them will include blue, red, yellow, black, white, and grey colors. What’s most interesting is that the actual watches are made out of Oxynitride Aluminum, an expensive material described as "translucent aluminum" that is also three times harder than glass.

Right now, reports claim the Microsoft smartwatch is using a modified Windows 8 and features 6 gigs of internal storage and LTE connectivity to connect it to the cloud. The watch is said to also serve notifications and allow access to music controls.

source: The Verge, AmongTech

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17 Comments

1. KINGJUAN27

Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Awwwwesome! A smartwatch for WPs finally..

2. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

i dont see need for smartwatches be it of even windows smartwatches

4. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

We do need it actually. For bragging rights. /s Just wait for iWatch to be released, their fans will do the same.

11. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Gotta be a watch fan to appreciate i guess. For me, its pointless, all of 'em. But i don't and have never worn watches to begin with.

3. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

This has to happen eventually, if other competitors are doing the same. Nothing surprising.

5. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Unless a holographic screen pops up, I'll prefer wearing my old mechanical watch from the Soviet Union. Watches are for looking at the time, they should not be an extension of my smartphone, otherwise I'm going to be more distracted more than most ADHD patients.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

So watches and glasses are next for us, hope they'll be useful and offers good stuff.

7. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

NO release dates? I love this one.

8. FlushGordon unregistered

What exactly does a smartwatch do that a smartphone can't?

16. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

well I guess we can only say Mich after these devices are released

9. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

In my opinion nothing van top Google Glass ATM....

10. preet27in

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

good on ya guysss. bring it on.

13. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

the sony smartwatch looks stylish imo

14. selena1000

Posts: 85; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

why are smartwatch rumours form other manufacturers coming only after apple is rumoured to be developing iwatch??? i m not an apple/samsung/htc/nokia fanboy but this is true

17. jamz82277

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

No it's not. Smartwatches have been announced/produced/sold well before any rumor that Apple was building one. You are apparently an iSh33p. GTFO

15. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

looking back some time ago this is exactly what happened when the first iphone was released this is totally not new to me

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