Redmond made a splash late last night by introducing the Microsoft Band, its first foray into the wearables arena. The device is available right now for those living in the United States.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of this new gadget is that it can be paired with the majority of devices on the market, from Windows, Windows Phone, Android, Mac OS X and iOS— none of the other big technology giants offer this level of cross-platform compatibility.

To top it off, Microsoft Band also has really good technical specs, listed below:

Band size: width: 0.75″, thickness: 0.34″ (19mm x 8.7mm)
Band materials: Thermal plastic elastomer

Weight: 2.12 ounces (60 g)

Display AA size: 0.43″ x 1.30″ (11mm x 33mm)
Display type: Touch-enabled TFT full-color display

Memory: 64MB internal storage
Processor: ARM Cortex M4 MCU

Optical heart rate sensor
3-axis accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Skin temperature sensor
UV sensor
Capacitive sensor
Galvanic skin response

Additional technology
Haptic vibration motor

Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)
Buttons: 2 physical buttons

Windows Phone 8.1 update3 with Bluetooth
iOS 7.1 and 8
Android 4.3-4.4 devices with Bluetooth

Type: 2 x 100mAh rechargeable Lithium ion
Life: 48 hours of normal use (Functionality like GPS will impact battery performance)
Average charge time: Full charge in less than 1.5 hours
Connector: Magnetically coupled connector to USB

Environmental Requirements
Water resistance: Sweat- and splash-resistant
Operating temperature ranges: 14° to 104°F (-10° to 40°C)
Non-operating temperature ranges: -40° to 140°F (-40° to 60°C)
Maximum operating altitude: 7.45 miles (+12000 meters)

What’s in the box
Microsoft Band
Microsoft Band USB Charging Cable
Safety & warranty document
Quick Start Guide

App: Download the free Microsoft Health app from the Windows Store, Play Store, and App Store
Warranty: 1-year limited warranty

You can read up on the full details at this special page that Microsoft has created on its website, and although the retail price of $199 makes this a bit of a luxury item, it does offer some amazing capabilities, including access to Cortana, when paired with Windows Phone.

We’ll soon know if the device is a hit for Microsoft.

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