In early October, in addition to new flagship phones Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL Book laptop Surface and tablet Surface Pro 4 Microsoft has introduced a new generation of the bracelet Band. Starting today, U.S. residents can purchase the device for $249.
The accessory is designed for people who want to achieve more and lead a more healthy lifestyle. From the point of view of specifications for new products it is possible to note some differences. First, Band 2 got a curved AMOLED-display diagonal of 1.36 inches resolution 320 x 128 pixels. Secondly, the bracelet improved housing design with rounded edges, so it needs to be more comfortable on the wrist. Built-in battery, according to Microsoft, will last for 2 days Autonomous operation.
As for the sensors, they became even more. A new Band is able to monitor activity heart rate, count calories, distance, steps, track sleep, monitor your body temperature, the level of ultraviolet radiation (UV index), has a sensor galvanic skin response, a GPS module, a barometer and an altimeter.
The manufacturer claims that only Band 2 is able to calculate the rate of maximum oxygen consumption (VO2 max), which characterize physical endurance, and the time required for recuperation after a exercise. In addition the device has a microphone and supports voice assistant Cortana that you can activate by pressing a single button.
The fitness bracelet is compatible with smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1 and above, iOS 8.1.2 and above or Android 4.3 and above. In sale the device has been priced at $249. It’s $50 more than requested for the first generation device at the start of sales.