Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Microsoft To Launch Smartwatch Soon

Microsoft looks like it might jump on the wearables bandwagon – and soon. Everyone from Samsung and LG, to Motorola and Apple has either released smartwatches or are reportedly planning to do so soon. Several reports hint that Microsoft will debut its first smartwatch this fall. Here’s everything we think we know about the device so far.

According to Forbes, Microsoft has been working on a smartwatch for some time now and has clear plans for the future of the device. The company’s first wearable will reportedly offer two days of battery life and feature a design similar to that of the Samsung Gear Fit. The full-color display will be placed in a bizarre position against the user’s wrist, so that notifications will be more private. 
Earlier rumors hinted at a small 1.5-inch display, which seems to be verified by Forbes. The article describes the display as “about the size of half a stick of gum.”

Previous rumors indicated that the smartwatch might include fitness sensors for monitoring heart rate and other vitals, but did not specify exactly how many will be included. Then, in late June, a new report from Tom’s Hardware stated that Microsoft will include 11 different sensors on the device. The article also hinted that Texas Instruments and Atmel chips may be onboard and confirmed the smartwatch’s unique form factor.

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