Microsoft launches its second generation wearable device

Microsoft Band

Microsoft Band
Technology major Microsoft on Tuesday launched its new wearable device, Microsoft Band 2, at a price of $249 and to be available by the end of the month.

The band, which supports all platforms including Android and iOS, will come with the VO2 Max measuring technology and a barometer to map elevation for users.

VO2 max is a measure of the maximum volume of oxygen that an athlete can use. It is measured in millilitres per kilogramme of body weight per minute.

The Band 2, which also comes with a heart rate monitor, comes with Gorilla Glass protection. The curved organic LED (OLED) display of the device is also scratch resistant.

“The band can track sleep, suggest rest before workouts and train you on Golf and certain other activities,” said Microsoft Band and Health division’s senior communication manager Lindesey Matese.

Microsoft has also partnered with several other partners to support more extended usage on the device including Uber, fitness and nutrition apps.

“The band is for people who want to live a healthier life and achieve more. It gives user access to big data of their own set of exercises or every footstep they have taken,” said Matese.

Microsoft on Tuesday launched three new smartphones – LUmia 950 XL, Lumia 950 and the Lumia 550 – at prices of $649, $549 and $139 respectively.

“The objective of launching the Lumia phones is to put Windows 10 into consumers’ pockets. The devices will ensure that an user has a continious experience and is productive on-the-go,” said Microsoft’s Surface and Lumia division vice president Panos Panay.

“Over 1,000 businesses have chosen Lumia phones in the last year,” he added.

The Lumia 950 family will come with adaptive antenna technology which will ensure better connectivity at all points. The new technology includes embedding two antennas instead of one in the phone.

The Lumia 950, which comes with a 5.2-inch phone supporting 519 pixels per inch (ppi), is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor and a 3 GB RAM unit. Internal memory on the device will be 32 GB.

Powered by a 3,000 mAH battery, it will come with a 20-megapixel rear camera and a five-megapixel front camera.

On the other hand, the 950 XL will have a 5.7-inch display powered by a Snapdragon 810 octa-core 2GHz processor along with a 3GB RAM unit. The storage and camera capabilities will be the same as in the 950 with the battery being scaled to 3,340mAh battery

Both the phones will come with Type-C USB connectors and will also support Microsoft’s new docking station which allows the phone to be connected to a monitor, mouse and keyboard and then be used as a desktop.

The phones, which will be available end of the month, will come with Windows Hello and windows continuum. Microsoft will accept pre-orders starting Tuesday.

Dubbed Continuum for Phones, the new technology designed to take advantage of new universal apps that run across Windows 10 on phones, PCs, tablets, and the Xbox One.

On the other hand, Windows Hello is a more personal way to sign in to a Windows 10 device with just a look or a touch and it also promises enterprise-grade security.