The Microsoft Band 2 is expected to be unveiled during the company’s “Windows 10 devices” event on October 6th, among a number of new hardware and accessories. However, thanks to the Spanish site, Microsoft Insider, today we have a first look to how the Band 2 design might look.
According to several rendering images, which are believed accurate, the Microsoft Band 2 design looks more attractive than the previous version. The fitness tracker currently known with the “Envoy” codename features a curved display, metallic finish on the sides of the display, and two buttons on the side, but the overall design is much more elegant.
The curved display is a very welcome addition and it makes the Microsoft Band 2 more ergonomic and comfortable to wear than the first generation.
While we don’t have any official details coming from Microsoft itself, according to the rendering images, it appears that the battery is located at the bottom of the display, just like on a regular watch, and not on the side like we have seen in the generation of the Band.
As stated by to the Spanish site, the Microsoft Band 2 “Envoy” will feature all the same sensors already present in the first generation, in addition to the ability to detect “height and measure physical exercise when going up and down stairs”.
Microsoft Band 2 sensors (unofficial)
- Optical heart rate monitor
- Ambient Light Sensor
- Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) sensors
- UV sensor
Furthermore, you’ll still be able to use the Starbucks card in the UK and the U.S.A.
Microsoft Insider, also claims that buying the Microsoft Band 2 will be much easier than the first version. As the company plans to commercialize the band on those countries where the device is already available, and it will add Spain, France, Italy, and Germany to the list.
The second generation of the band is expected to continue to work on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone handsets. Also, the Microsoft Band 2 is not expected to run the full version of Windows 10, instead the company may be planning to use some sort of firmware, but Windows Central claims that the Band 2 may run Windows 10 for IoT.