What You Need to Know About the Microsoft Band 2

Made for the health junkies and fitness enthusiasts of the world, the newest Microsoft Band 2 is one you’d like to get your hands on this month. With additional features and an updated design that’s sleekly curved, the Microsoft Band 2 might just change your mind this time around if you were a skeptic of its predecessor. Here’s a list of its specs:

  • Screen size: 12.8 x 32mm
  • Display/Resolution: 320 x 128 pixel AMOLED
  • Battery life: about 48 hours of normal use
  • Operating temperature ranges: -10 to 40 degrees Celsius
  • Maximum operating altitude: -300m to +4877m
  • Water resistance: not waterproof; sweat/splash
  • Sensors:  optical heart rate, gyrometer, GPS, ambient light, skin temperature, UV, capacitive, galvanic skin response, microphone, barometer


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Compatible with multiple platforms (be it on your iPhone or Android), the Microsoft Band 2 lets you view your health data from step counts to your heart rate 24/7. But the new features are what makes this a standout fitness tracker—climbers and runners would love the addition of a barometer to measure elevation, the built-in GPS for running/cycling training, and the measurement of VO2 max for post-workout analysis via the Microsoft Health app.

With a total of 11 sensors in this brand-new tracker, the Microsoft Band 2 tells you when to workout, what workouts you ought to do, all while staying productive with even when your phone is not with you (reply text messages, take notes, check emails etc). At USD 250, our Boxers are able to ShopandBox this for you, so add this into your wishlist now as Microsoft will officially release this new wearable by the end of this month.

The Microsoft Band 2 comes with a standard limited one-year warranty, but for an additional USD 39, you get Microsoft Complete, two years of accidental damage protection with extended support from the date your device is shipped out from Microsoft.

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