According to MicrosoftInsider.es what we’re seeing is Microsoft’s updated Band, conveniently called the Band 2. It appears that most of the changes in the Band are on the aesthetic end, adding a curve to the front of the band, making it more wrist friendly and easier to look at (certainly less blocky). The new curved face of the Band 2 is also accompanied by a metal accent around the sides as well as metal button, replacing the rubber/plastic on the first edition.
On the inside the Band 2 is reported to have upgraded its sensors to help track altitude related activities, such as counting steps and measuring inclines. That being said, the Band 2 is certainly an upgrade in terms of the looks; but it doesn’t seem to have enough to tempt me (a current band owner) to upgrade;but more importantly can it bring in a new set of customers and compete with Fitbit and Garmin?
Microsoft is expected to unveil the new Band alongside the Surface Pro 4 and a set of Lumias on October 6th, there is no word on the expected pricing, but logic says it’ll launch at the same $200 price-point its predecessor started at.