That Microsoft is working on a smartwatch of sorts is no secret. What is, is the type and form factor of this upcoming Windows powered wearable. Some new details aim to set the record straight.
While many believe that the smartwatch Microsoft is working on is being designed to compete against similar devices from the likes of Google, Samsung and Apple, Paul Thurrott is claiming that it might actually be quite a bit different than what we are expecting.
The regular Microsoft watched revealed that this upcoming device is not a smartwatch per se — but actually a fitness wristband with a number of sensors to help users that exercise.
For instance, they can keep an eye on heart rate, burned calories, and all that.
Word is that the device monitors heart rate continuously during the day and night, which could prove to be really useful for people that are trying to diagnose some specific heart problems.
Interestingly, patent images that leaked a couple of months ago confirm the wristband design, as you can see above, so there might be some truth to this new report, after all. Another important feature would be cross platform compatibility with Android and iOS devices.
Something like this is sure to help Microsoft target a wider segment of consumers.
The above report also indicates that this Windows powered smartwatch would retail at around the same price that Samsung Gear Fit sells for — which is $199.
Launch, it is said, is set for October.