Microsoft's smartwatch said to arrive in October

Smart watch image from Microsoft patent filing

Microsoft is building a smart watch and thanks to the copious amount of rumors on the subject, this bit of information is taken as fact, rather than fiction. While we have not seen the watch leak in any pictures, yet, details about the device have surfaced recently. 

Per the previous rumors, Forbes said its own unnamed sources stated that Microsoft’s smart watch will work with all the major smartphone platforms and will continuously monitor your heart rate. The battery life is said to be targeted at lasting two days without needing to be recharged.

Thanks to a new report from Toms Hardware, we now have a month for launch; the smartwatch is set to arrive in October. The information goes beyond the release date and says that it will feature a slimmer design than is what is currently on the market and have 11 different sensors. The rumored information also says that "the display is on the inside of the wrist as opposed to the outside and says turning your palm up to look at the watch actually feels a lot more natural."

The October timeframe is a bit later than we had been hearing previously, which said late summer was the targeted release window. But, Microsoft has been known to launch hardware in the month of October, so the timing does not seem all that unusual.

This past week at Google IO, several vendors announced new smart watches, some of which are up for pre-order now. There is also Apple, too, who is said to be preparing a smartwatch. Knowing this, the smart watch market is about to become quite crowded and we will be very curious to see how Microsoft attempts to differentiate itself from the others.

Source: Toms Hardware

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I really hope MS could test it extensively before put it on market. A display inside might not be a good choice. Imagining that you wear it and then typing/moving mouse, the display may keep in touch with the table...

I would definitely buy one. Because I don't want to pull out my phone each time to have a look at the clock. And if it has some extras like heart rate monitor, etc. the better it is.

The only thing I hope is that Microsoft will do a decent job integrating foreign languages, because my experience with using Android devices in Germany has been rather unsatisfactory.
Well, let's wait and see.

This time MS did not want to take a chance and laugh at it like it did with previous competitor products. But I don't think this smart watch phenomena, which everyone is drooling these days, is really going to take off.

Putting a device in pocket like smartphone is completely different than having to wear a watch and then you also need to carry a smartphone along with it. How different it is to just take your phone out and do whatever you have to do with it. I see these smart watch phenomena to be a complete flop like 3D TV.

I don't know about that. The biggest problem is the battery, 2 days is simply to little. I'm used to a watch that lasts for a couple of years on one battery or I wear automatic watches. A smartwatch should be able to provide at least 1 to 2 weeks of life on one charge.

So true.

What Microsoft made strong in the past was platforms where partners could build on, eg windows. So the only open platform software maker left is.... Google. Very sad. And no wonder all the OEMs have turn away from Microsoft. They really turned into the wrong direction in the last years. No they have to compete with all the others on the market...

yves707 said,
So true.

What Microsoft made strong in the past was platforms where partners could build on, eg windows. So the only open platform software maker left is.... Google. Very sad. And no wonder all the OEMs have turn away from Microsoft. They really turned into the wrong direction in the last years. No they have to compete with all the others on the market...

WP has plenty of OEMs, windows has and always will be open (MS only make the surface and xbox and the newly acquired nokia devices). Not sure your comment is meant to be funny or not?

uxo22 said,
If it's stylish, I'll get one. Don't want something that looks like a toy.

You'd be looking in the wrong place for style.

uxo22 said,
If it's stylish, I'll get one. Don't want something that looks like a toy.
No doubt. I can't have a watch throwing off my game, yo.

I hope it has a widescreen spreading itself on your arm horizontally. That's how these smartwatch should be. Samsung had it sell wrong going vertical. Lololol you look at your wrist the way the horizontally.

I can see one use for these. When i'm mowing my lawn, the phone is in my pocket and I have to stop and dig it out of my pocket to see if anyone called my business. If I Could just look at my wrist that would be sweet.

warwagon said,
I can see one use for these. When i'm mowing my lawn, the phone is in my pocket and I have to stop and dig it out of my pocket to see if anyone called my business. If I Could just look at my wrist that would be sweet.

That is the main driver for these devices though, when mowing lawns it makes checking missed calls easier. Everyone needs this.

warwagon said,
I can see one use for these. When i'm mowing my lawn, the phone is in my pocket and I have to stop and dig it out of my pocket to see if anyone called my business. If I Could just look at my wrist that would be sweet.

That is the main driver for these devices though, when mowing lawns it makes checking missed calls easier. Everyone needs this.

umneycreep said,
...and when I'm driving, it would be easier to just glance at my wrist then dig my phone out of my pocket.

Doesn't effect me as I use a phone cradle attached to windscreen and its Bluetooth connection means everything important is read out anyway.

microsoft should instead make an OS other vendors can use. like Android Wear.
and build google now equivalent in it as well.
well even if it did all of that it wouldnt work because nobody uses bing.

and thats why Microsoft phones,tables,watches, wearables are DOA

Some people said the same when the ipad came out. See where we are now? Personally I have no use for a smart watch though.

Pluribus said,
LoL. This is going to end up well like the surface.

It's a completely different situation -- Microsoft isn't missing the boat by several years in this case.

Daniel Su said,
How?

Well, let's see: Brand image, Brand reputation, Style (which has been largely rejected by the mass).

Remember the Zune? Kin? Windows Vista? Windows 8?

Pluribus said,

Well, let's see: Brand image, Brand reputation, Style (which has been largely rejected by the mass).

Remember the Zune? Kin? Windows Vista? Windows 8?

What do those have to do with anything? Every company has failed/poorly executed/poorly received concepts. Not sure what you're trying to say.

Also, how has the Surface failed? It's still being sold and marketed along with Windows 8.

There is nothing about the smartwatch concept at all that has me sold. It's been forever since I've worn a watch, and these don't have me foaming at the mouth to but one again any time soon.

Dot Matrix said,
There is nothing about the smartwatch concept at all that has me sold. It's been forever since I've worn a watch, and these don't have me foaming at the mouth to but one again any time soon.

Even if it was $99 USD would you buy it?

NateB1 said,
Same here - I just don't get it. The only possible thing I see that it would be good for is tracking my heart rate.

I hope it integrates with Windows, OS X and Xbox 360, and Xbox One :)

Daniel Su said,

Even if it was $99 USD would you buy it?


I have been using heart rate monitor watches since the late 80s but... I use them when I work out; daily.... nothing beats my Rolexes.

Dot Matrix said,
There is nothing about the smartwatch concept at all that has me sold. It's been forever since I've worn a watch, and these don't have me foaming at the mouth to but one again any time soon.

Funny,

If I leave home without my watch, I feel weird. But then, I've always worn a watch. A smart one would be that much better.

Mulsivaas said,
Doesn't something like this seem cool to you?--but imagine this with smartphone integration (tweets, texts, emails, all without reaching out or unlocking your phone)
http://wellograph.com/

Oddly enough, I want less devices in my life. Not more. A smartphone, tablet, MP3 player, and a laptop are already enough for me to keep track of. I don't need anything else that's going to beep at me.

Dot Matrix said,

Oddly enough, I want less devices in my life. Not more. A smartphone, tablet, MP3 player, and a laptop are already enough for me to keep track of. I don't need anything else that's going to beep at me.

Listen to music on your phone and get a Surface Pro 3, and you would have eliminated two of your four items, and now have room for a smart watch... :)

Dot Matrix said,

Oddly enough, I want less devices in my life. Not more. A smartphone, tablet, MP3 player, and a laptop are already enough for me to keep track of. I don't need anything else that's going to beep at me.

You carry around an MP3 player still? Ha!