More photos reveal a slimmer, waterproof (and likely canceled) Microsoft Band 3
Thinner, waterproof, and an EKG. The Band 3 would have been impressive
Earlier in the week, Windows Central obtained images of the supposedly canceled Microsoft Band 3 that a few new sensors and a slightly updated design that would have allowed it to be waterproof. Now, we have more images and information regarding the Band 3, giving us a closer look at a device that may never be.
Firstly, us calling it the Band 3 is mainly for simplistic reasons. I'm told that internally; Band 3 prototypes were actually called "Band 2 beta" devices. Now although Microsoft referred to them this way, we believe the final product would've been called the Band 3, so much so the prototype you see in this article actually called itself "Microsoft Band 3" when plugged into a PC.
There were several prototypes that had different codenames throughout the development of the "Band 3", one of which was the white Microsoft Band we saw several Microsoft employees wearing recently. According to our sources, those white Band 2 devices were actually Band 2 beta devices, with the white Band 2 sporting the new waterproofing abilities.
We understand that the prototype we're looking at here was a more recent one, featuring more sensors and a somewhat altered design. We're told that this was one of the last prototype models before Microsoft pulled the plug on the Band device line, which explains why it called itself "Band 3" when plugged into a PC, as it was close to the final product.
Speaking of the altered design, it's hard to notice at first but the Band 3 was going to be somewhat slimmer than the Band 2. Microsoft achieved this by giving it a slightly smaller battery, which overall made the device look and feel slimmer when wearing it around your wrist. When looking closely at our comparison shot, it's definitely noticeable.
It was also revealed that the Band 3 would support EKG, RFID tags and a new swimming Tile that would track swimming. We weren't able to get a good look at the EKG or swimming tiles in our original report, but now we've managed to obtain additional images of these new tiles.
For those who don't know, the EKG sensor would've been able to track your blood pressure, which enables all sorts of things such as being able to see stress levels, temperature, breaths per minute, heart rate and many more variables.
The swimming Tile would've have been able to track things like laps, pacing, heart rate and time. Both of these features would've been beneficial for health users and would've made a great addition to the Microsoft Band line of devices, had Microsoft not halted plans to continue development.
As of right now, Microsoft has halted development of these Band 3 prototypes, and I'm told there are no plans to continue investing in the Band product line. That means we won't be getting a Band 3 this year, or ever, as Microsoft has not made it clear internally if they want to continue working on the Band down the line, I'm assuming they won't.
Windows Central Newsletter
Get the best of Windows Central in your inbox, every day!
Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.
I can't believe I'm saying that, but such is Nadela's legacy of abandoning the Consumer market
- Staunchly deny that they're going enterprise-only and giving up on consumers
- Announce a Surface AiO, Surface Phone and Surface Book 2 (hopefully with a GPU that has more than 1GB)
- Announce this MS Band 3 rebranded as the Surface Band (or even just release it as the MS Band 3) Then voila... I'm kept as a customer and this piece o'junk iPhone 6S goes on eBay (probably my MBA, iPad Mini 4, Mac Mini and iMac too... I'm ready to get all this Apple out of my house and out of my life).
"Covers ears to avoid the screams of the Camels with their broken backs" Satya is doing everything possible to get us to abandon WinMo so he can replace it with intelligent bots - boy, wouldn't the world look different if Microsoft had them on their Board of Directors - that no one will use, years before Apple copies them and the world notices them.
That's no way to run a company.
Of course, Commitment doesn't mean much to your new CEO, so not sure it would make any difference.
Friend, go help Apple make the Apple Watch better. Your efforts will see the light of day.
It's what passes for good 'Brand Management' at Microsoft.
PS - what is wrong with the mobile app? Haven't been able to post comments for a week.
Success is determined by how you treat your Customers, not your Technology.
On the other hand, lots of stuff going on over at iMore...
Get it ;)
After all the Band 1 and 2 were meant to be prototypes, not a product line.
Was this another just another money loser for them? I would venture to say yes. Other than myself, my wife and the MS employees at the now closed store in my city, I have never seen one in the wild.
I am bummed that this may never see the light of day. Very bummed, awesome device. But MS is a business, and businesses are not in the business to lose money on a product like this. Sure, there are loss leaders that are worth it as it drives revenue in other forms, i.e. xbox. There is no revenue that can be made up elsewhere with a product like this.
It's crazy that the current strategy at Microsoft is forcing me to adopt things I dont like.
Even if there is a new wearable in the pipeline, you just can't escape the ineptitude of those managing the message.
Killing product lines before replacements are ready gives us the perception that MS is not committed. Whether true or not the old adage is that perception is reality and perception just a complete disaster.
I just dunno what to do now... I really like the look of the Samsung gear s3 which would mean leaving windows phone ecosystem or get the new Fitbit charge hr 2 or just keep this old Fitbit and hope for the band 3 releases soon........
Unique advanced algorithms proprietary to XXXXXXXXXX – providing accurate data which determines body location and activity automatically
• Clinical grade heart rate and HR variability measurement using custom electronic components (ASIC)
•Personalisation of device algorithms calculating the user’s cardiorespiratory fitness level and adjusting the derived calculations (e.g. energy expenditure) accordingly
•Accurate energy expenditure (calories) calculation comparable to the industry gold"
I could suggest that Maybe they have something in mind, and the Cloudtag Band fits the bill, as that is its strength. I would not be surprised if we heard an announcement soon.