Microsoft has several product upgrades in the pipeline but refuses to discuss the details. But nothing is hidden for too long in the tech world, courtesy of some influenced tipsters.
Among other flagship products, Microsoft is reportedly planning to upgrade its first wearable, the Band, by launching a second-generation Band soon.
There is no direct source linking this information but a recent discount spree on the current-gen Microsoft Band in the U.S. and the UK suggest a successor is coming soon. As reported by the IBTimes UK, Amazon UK is offering a generous 15 percent discount on the Microsoft Band. Customers can now get the wearable for £145, a £25 discount compared to the original price tag of £170.
Similarly, the price of Microsoft Band was slashed by $50 in the U.S. on Amazon online store. The online retailer offered a 25 percent discount on Microsoft Band in the U.S. last month but the discount was extended to 60 percent recently. The wearable is currently available for $139.99, $60 cheaper than the original price tag.
The discount in both countries is applicable on all variants of the Band and includes free shipping anywhere in the two nations.
The current-gen Microsoft Band did not get imminent response from consumers and was exposed to a series of problems such as poor battery life and scratch-prone display among others. Microsoft is reportedly looking to fix all the shortcomings of the current wearable in the Band 2. There is no specific release date for the second-gen Microsoft Band, but the official announcement is expected in 2015.
Microsoft is expected to hold a special event on 19 October in New York. At the event, the Redmond based software giant will reportedly launch new products including Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and Microsoft Surface Pro 4. If the rumours are true, Microsoft will share the stage to unveil the all-new Band 2.