Microsoft officially announces Microsoft Band, fitness tracker wearable for $199



Microsoft has just announced its first fitness band called Microsoft Band. Microsoft has also introduced a new health platform called as Microsoft Health.

This new Microsoft band is now up for sale through company’s physical and online stores for $199 only.

Microsoft Band

Microsoft Band comes with 10 smart sensors and offers heart rate monitoring, fitness tracking, sleep quality tracking, steps, calories burn and more. You will also receive incoming call notifications, emails, texts, social updates and access to Cortana on this band. Ask Cortana to take notes or set reminders with your voice. And Cortana will offer driving directions and keep you off the traffic, weather and more.

This smartband is cross-platform compatible and works with major mobile platforms including iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Microsoft band app


It works fine with Windows Phone 8.1 update with Bluetooth, iOS 7.1 and higher and Android 4.3-4.4 phones.

It also comes with a watch mode. Turning this mode on will always display time and date. So, you can also use it as a smartwatch. It also offers personalization. So, you can choose between multiple background designs and colors to reflect your personality.

It features a 1.4 inch TFT full color display with 320 x 106 pixels resolution. full-color touch screen is responsive and easy to read, even in direct sunlight. It is packed with 100 mAh battery which offers 48 hours usage. But using GPS will impact the battery backup. It can be charged full in just 1.5 hours. It has a microphone and a haptic vibration motor. It comes with Bluetooth 4.0 LE and a Magnetically-coupled connector to USB. It is dust and water resistant. Various sensors of the band are Optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer/gyro, Gyrometer, GPS, Ambient light sensor, Skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, Capacitive sensor, Galvanic skin response and Microphone.

Microsoft Band Specifications

  • 1.4 inch TFT display with 320 x 106 pixels resolution
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • 100 mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery; Full charge in less than 1.5 hours
  • Dust and splash-resistant

Source: Microsoft Band Store