Microsoft to release Band 3 in October


Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
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According to the latest rumors, Microsoft is getting ready to unveil the third-generation Band activity tracker with an unconfirmed release set in October.

Evidence of the impending reveal is steadily gathering as the company is already replacing some Band 2 models which suffered from cracking rubber with other made of a more durable material, a precursor to the wearable being pulled from stores.

Microsoft won’t be refilling Band 2 stock anymore because it’s focusing on the third generation wearable which will release this fall. Rumors are spreading fast and they suggest that the device will come with interchangeable bands which will make it more comfortable to wear.

Apple is another smartwatch manufacturer offering its customers the possibility to select their own band, and now it seems that makers of activity trackers are doing the same for their devices. The Fitbit Blaze can be used for fitness tracking and comes with interchangeable bands as well.

The Microsoft Band 2 was released on October 30 and is currently sold for $250 in the US. The device has a capacitive AMOLED display measuring 32 x 12.8 mm which supports a resolution of 320 x 128 pixels. It’s compatible with devices running on Windows Phone 8.1 (Update 2), Windows 10 Mobile, iOS 8.1, Android 4.4 or later through Bluetooth 4.0.

Its list of sensors include an optical heart rate monitor, three-axis accelerometer, gyrometer, GPS, ambient light sensor, galvanic skin response sensors, UV sensor, skin temperature sensor, capacitive sensor and barometer.

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