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Microsoft's new band, called "Microsoft Band," looks a lot like last's year model, but it now features a curved display for a more ergonomic fit. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which make it more durable and less likely to scratch.

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The Band is a smart fitness tracker that is capable of displaying notfications from your smartphone and tracking things like steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled and your sleep at night.

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The battery, which is said to last up to 48 hours on a single charge, has moved underneath along the clip-on clasp, instead of hugging the band's sides like the old model did.

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An optical heart-rate sensor is also located on the strap.

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There's also GPS for measuring pace, distance and speed when running or cycling, a UV sensor to measure exposure to dangerous UV rays, and an accelerometer and gyrometer for tracking steps and sleep. New this year is a barometer for measuring changes in elevation, such as the amount of floors climbed.

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The new Microsoft Band will be offered in three sizes: small, medium and large.

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You will find detailed information on sleep, workouts and activities in Microsoft's Health app and platform on Android, iOS and Windows.

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The Band can also sync with numerous third-party apps, such as MyFitnessPal, Strava, LoseIt, RunKeeper, and more. There's even an Uber and Starbucks app on board.

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The Microsoft Band 2 is available for preorder today and will ship October 30. The tracker will cost $249, a $50 premium over the original model.

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