The original Microsoft Band is a pretty cool device but, when it came to design, the wearable always felt more like a prototype than a polished product. Thankfully, it looks like company’s second generation model will be a huge upgrade over its predecessor.
A new set of leaked renders from Spanish site MicrosoftInsider reveal an upgraded design and at least one new feature. Microsoft apparently applied a metallic finish for the front panel and buttons. Microsoft’s also using a curved display instead of a flat screen, which should make for a more ergonomic design overall.
Under the hood, the Microsoft Band 2 apparently packs a new sensor for measuring altitude so you can track how many times you walk up or down stairs. Otherwise we’re expecting the same set of features included in the original model, though it’s possible the user interface could get some tweaks as well.
Microsoft is set to reveal some new hardware next month at an event set for October 6. That should include two new Windows 10 smartphones and the Surface Pro 4, along with this new Band. There’s no word on price, though hopefully the company can keep its second-generation wearable below $200 despite this upgraded design.