Following numerous rumours and patent applications, some solid details concerning Microsoft’s smartwatch plans appear to have leaked out.
Back in April of last year it was reported that Microsoft was working on designs for a new smartwatch device. More recently, a design patent emerged (pictured) suggesting that Microsoft had landed on a final format.
According to a new Forbes report, Microsoft could be looking to launch its first smartwatch as soon as this summer.
Contrary to that patent sketch, the Microsoft smartwatch is said to look similar to the Samsung Gear Fit, and will feature a colour touchscreen "about the size of half a stick of gum." This suggests that it will sport an elongated display rather than the square screens we've mostly seen up to now.
Another interesting point is that the Microsoft smartwatch display is designed to sit on the inside of your wrist. We all know people who wear their regular watches this way, but apparently this is a deliberate design decision aimed at allowing you to privately and discretely check your notifications.
The report claims that the device will sync with all of the main smartphone platforms, including iPhone and Android. It won’t be a Windows Phone exclusive, which we’d suggest is a very good idea given Microsoft’s distinct lack of market share in the smartphone field.
Also interesting are claims that Microsoft has involved its Kinect team to pack its smartphone with advanced sensor technology. It’s claimed that the Microsoft smartwatch will be able to continuously monitor your heart rate throughout the day, not just when you enter the appropriate app.
Despite this, it’s said that the Microsoft smartwatch battery will last a good two days, which is again equivalent to the Samsung Gear Fit.
It seems Microsoft is determined not to give its rivals the same head start in the smartwatch field as it did with smartphones.
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