We already know, via several unofficial sources, that Microsoft is developing a smartwatch, and now some new information has come our way that claims the launch is near.

In fact, these lucky folks have apparently tested the gadget already, which they say goes by the name of “Surface watch”. Not totally sold on the name, but there is enough time to change it. Other than that, the report does not bring anything new in terms of details.

Redmond is said to be planning to launch the smartwatch this year.

Previous information hinted that Microsoft’s smartwatch would be running an operating system based on Windows 8 (Windows RT is also a possibility here), but at the same time, offer compatibility with iOS, Android and other competing mobile platforms.

At the same time, the technology titan plans to equip the device with multiple sensors — from a heart rate monitor, to accelerometer, gyroscope and GPS. No surprises here either.

And in terms of design, a 1.5-inch touchscreen display is a possibility, along with a detachable form factor that would allow users the ability to remove the watch from the wristband and recharge it separately using a dedicated dock.

However, Microsoft is yet to officially confirm any of these reports. Even with the E3 gaming convention upon us, it is very unlikely that Redmond will announce anything there.

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