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The New Microsoft Band Gets Smarter Guts and a Curved Display

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Last year, the Microsoft dove straight into the wearables market with an ambitious device that unfortunately didn’t live up to its promise. Here’s round 2, the new Microsoft Band.

The new Band is a more premium product than before. It’s got a curved screen, capped by some Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The new Band inherits the tracking features from the previous band, including GPS, UV exposure, steps, heartrate. The Band adds a new barometer, which can track your elevation.

As with Microsoft’s other Windows 10 devices, there’s a focus on Cortana integration. It’s supposedly improved this time around-that’s welcome because Microsoft’s assistant was a little too slow to be useful last time around.

As with the last band, the big promise of the Band is the integration with Microsoft’s cloud-based Health platform, which can crunch your data and give you meaningful insights. On stage today, Microsoft bragged about the Band’s ability to track not just your run, but Vo2 Max as well.

The band will be available for pre-order later today for $250. We’ll let you know how it fairs when we try it.


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