Microsoft's Band 3 pictures leak, showing waterproofing, Features

microsoft band 3 pictures band301
FUD Hater/WindowsCentral
Microsoft recently announced that it was taking a step back from the wearable industry. That meant halting sales of its Band 2 fitness tracker and reportedly canceling the follow-on Band 3. New images show what the Band 3 could have looked like, and it is — or would have been — rather neat.

Of course this isn’t confirmed by Microsoft in any official capacity, as the firm doesn’t comment on rumors and speculation, but if these images are real, it does seem like Microsoft was looking to make its next generation tracker much more competitive with its contemporaries.

FUD Hater/WindowsCentral
FUD Hater/WindowsCentral

According to the original poster, FUD Hater, on the Windows Central forums (deleted at the time of writing, thanks TechRadar), the new fitness tracker would have added much requested waterproofing, as well as blood pressure tracking and support for radio frequency identification (RFID).

The physical design of the Band 3 appears to be a little different, with a new clasp mechanism, though the layout of the display, its size, and its shape all look much the same as the Band 2. Clearly Microsoft wasn’t thinking of scaling back the Band’s functionality or physical design.

FUD Hater/WindowsCentral
FUD Hater/WindowsCentral

That was somewhat the problem in Band and Band 2 designs, in that they occupied a middle ground between fitness tracker and smartwatch.

Unfortunately, none of this brings the hardware closer to commercial availability. For now Microsoft appears to have ended development in the fitness tracking world, though we will have to wait and see what Microsoft does with its Health platform, which it does seem interested in continuing.

Do we have any DT readers who were Band or Band 2 owners? Would waterproofing and a few stylistic and functional adjustments have made you put money down for a Microsoft Band 3?


The Pixel 3a and 3a XL will be coming to the U.S. with T-Mobile

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are considered to be two of the best Android smartphones, but it looks like Google could be prepping a midrange line. Say hello to the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
Movies & TV

Clip from John Wick: Chapter 3 confirms the dog is totally fine

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, the third installment of the wildly successful action series that stars Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin forced out of retirement, hits theaters in May 2019. Here's everything we know about it so far.

The Pixel 3 range will soon be coming to T-Mobile's network

Google's latest flagships, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, are now official and we have all the details from the October 9 event in New York City and Paris. Here's everything we know about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Stay fit and save cash with these affordable fitness trackers

We've compiled a list of the best cheap fitness trackers currently on the market. No matter if you're looking for something stylish, simple, or just aren't willing to dish out the kind cash necessary for a high-end model, our list offers…

A Google patent hints at a new attempt at an augmented reality headset

Google may be working on another augmented reality headset. The company was awarded a patent for an augmented reality headset. Unfortunately, the patent isn't specific as to what the headset will look like.
Home Theater

Here are some common AirPods problems, and how to fix them

Apple’s AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but they’re not perfect. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our guide to the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.

When it's not keeping you dry, Gore wants to keep Silicon Valley innovating

The Gore Innovation Center in Santa Clara, California is designed to help tech start ups to create innovate new products that integrated Gore-Tex fabrics and other materials in wearables, health devices, and more.

The North Focals smartglasses help you rock out with new Spotify support

The North Focals are a pair of smartglasses with a whole lot to offer. They not only look pretty good, but they allow you to get directions, check upcoming items on your calendar, and more. Here's everything you need to know.

Army uses modified Microsoft HoloLens 2 for ‘real-life game of Call of Duty’

The U.S. Army gave CNBC an exclusive look at its modified Microsoft HoloLens 2 augmented reality headset. The Integrated Visual Augmentation System, or IVAS, provides various functions for training and combat.

Now is the time to pick up and wear a discounted TicWatch smartwatch

Mobvoi is running a promotion on two of its desirable smartwatches, the TicWatch C2 and the TicWatch Pro, where you can get 20-percent off the usual price. This brings our favorite, the C2, down to just $160.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch: Is more expensive better?

Samsung has finally launched its latest smartwatch, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. The device is aimed at sporty people and is clearly well-designed. But is the new device better than Samsung's flagship watch?

The ultimate golf watch isn’t a smartwatch. It’s Hublot’s Big Bang Unico Golf

Forget golf smartwatches, the Hublot Big Bang Unico Golf is the ultimate timepiece to wear out on the links. It's the world's first mechanical golf watch, and will keep score for you throughout the game.

Smartwatch deal: The Apple Watch Series 3 just dropped to $199

Now’s a perfect time to grab the last-gen (but still awesome) Apple Watch Series 3. It's a great wearable for those looking to hop into the world of smartwatches, and this limited-time deal makes the Series 3 even more attractive.

Apple Watch Series 3, Fitbit Charge 2 see price cuts from Walmart and B&H

Save around $50 on the Fitbit Charge 2 from Amazon and more than $100 on the Apple Watch Series 3 at B&H Photo Video and Walmart. These may be slightly older models, but they're still excellent fitness trackers and smartwatches.