Microsoft has added its name into the growing list of wearables, with its Apple Watch rival, the Microsoft Band.
Microsoft has announced its much-rumored and first ever fitness-focused wristband device called the Microsoft Band. The wearable is compatible with all major platforms i.e. Windows, iOS and Android.
More precisely, You can pair and sync this wristband with your smartphone using Bluetooth, although it works with Windows Phone 8.1 Update, iOS 7.1 and later: iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus and Android 4.3-4.4 phones.
The Band includes the expected health-tracking features along with a total of 10 sensors. According to Microsoft, the wristband can receive notifications for incoming calls, texts, emails, weather, finance, and social updates from Facebook and Twitter.
Besides all common features, the fitness tracker integrates productivity with Cortana that can help you to take note, set calendar events and more. Moreover, it comes with UV sensor and Galvanic skin response, which can take a few unique measurements like UV exposure and stress, respectively.
The Microsoft Band has a Capacitive 1.4” TFT full-color display with a resolution of 310 x 102 pixels and 132 different background options to choose according to your mood and wardrobes. It comes with Dual 100mAh battery that lasts up to 48 hours in a single charge. In addition, the band is made of thermal plastic and gets charged “in less than 1.5 hours.”
The wearable is priced at $199 and will go on sale later today on the company’s online store and retail outlets. Though, the price seems a bit high but it will be interesting to see how it compares to rivals from companies.