Microsoft Band 2 Release Date & Features
What you need to know about the Microsoft Band 2, what’s new, how much it will cost and when you can buy the new Microsoft Band.
At an event for Windows 10 devices today, including new Lumia phones and the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft announced the Microsoft Band 2 — a worthy update to the company’s wearable that works with Windows Phone, iPhone and Android.
With a new design, new features and more apps and options the new Microsoft Band 2 is a big upgrade that puts it into competing space with the Apple Watch and Android Wear.
Microsoft Band 2 Release Date & Price
The Microsoft Band 2 release date is October 30th, but you can place a pre-order today. The new Microsoft Band 2 is simply called the Microsoft Band, but it is a new model that will soon replace the old.
Pre-orders are not live yet, but they should go up on Microsoft soon and we will see it available at other retailers at the end of October.
The new Microsoft Band 2 is $249, a $50 jump from the original, which is now selling for around $$129.
Microsoft Band 2: What’s New
The new Microsoft Band features a curved display covered in Gorilla Glass 3 and there are no hard edges. In addition to the same sensors from the first model, Microsoft adds a barometer that can track elevation changes.
On stage the company made a big deal about the ability to estimate VO2 Max, the body’s ability to use Oxygen with the heart rate sensor and software.
Microsoft boasts that the new Microsoft Band delivers better Cortana integration.
Although not new, the Microsoft Band 2 can assist with guided workouts, sleep tracking, UV monitoring, includes built-in GPS and offers smart notifications.
The data is tied to Microsoft Health apps on iPhone, Android and Windows.