Did Microsoft just leak the Microsoft Band 3?

Microsoft’s main hardware man may have just leaked the Microsoft Band 3.

Panos Panay has attracted quite a name for himself in recent times, having helped turn the laptop market on its head with the forward-thinking Surface hybrid family. He also caused quite a stir when he announced the beautiful Surface Book late last year.

It seems Panay has done it again by unwittingly flashing a new Microsoft wearable that hasn’t yet been announced.

As Neowin explains, Panay recently appeared on a livestream showing off the Microsoft’s design lab where his team creates the likes of the Surface Pro 4. At one key point, Panay instinctually rolls up his sleeves to reveal a Microsoft Band 2. Except it’s not a Microsoft Band 2.

The mysterious wearable certainly belongs to the Microsoft Band family, but its styling is slightly different. It appears to be a little wider and a little slimmer than Microsoft’s current fitness-focussed wearable.

Also, more obviously, the device Panos is wearing sports an off-white or light grey band – a colour option that’s simply not available for any Microsoft Band to date.

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Panay eventually rolls his sleeve back down to hide the band, and the nature of the ‘leak’ makes us wonder how accidental it really is. It almost seems as if the Surface lead is deliberately teasing the new device…

Intentions aside, the Microsoft Band 2 launched in October, so it’s certainly plausible that Microsoft would be in the process of testing near-final versions of its successor.