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Microsoft Band 2 expected to ship with a curved display

Microsoft Band 2 expected to ship with a curved display
Microsoft Band 2 expected to ship with a curved display
Microsoft will announce a flurry of new hardware in just a couple of weeks. A new smartwatch is rumored to make an appearance at the event alongside the inevitable Surface Pro 4 and Lumia 950.

On October 6, Microsoft will reveal a set of new Windows 10 devices including the Surface Pro 4 with Skylake and the two Lumia 950 (Talkman) and Lumia 950XL (Cityman) smartphones. However, a new smartband will almost certainly make an appearance as well. The existing Microsoft Band launched quietly in the U.S. and U.K. for $199 USD with little fanfare in other regions.

The second generation Band will reportedly be a more comfortable device to wear as its new curved body and display will better conform to the user's curved wrist. The recently leaked images show the bracelet with a metal finish and curved screen that look similar to the Samsung Gear Fit. The wrist strap on the Microsoft, however, appears smaller and more compact.

In addition to the usual fitness-tracking sensors, the Band 2 will reportedly carry an altimeter to aid in activities such as rock climbing or hang gliding. Such sensors will be located immediately below the display. Rumors suggest that the Band 2 will have official release dates in more countries such as Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2015-09-21 (Update: 2015-09-22)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.