Microsoft has long been rumored to be developing a smartwatch of its own. The Verge reports that Microsoft’s Surface team is now developing prototypes of the watch, Xbox accessories team was previously working on this project which has now apparently been assigned to the guys behind Microsoft’s Surface tablets. The variant that Xbox accessories team had developed supposedly had a heart rate monitor.
Microsoft is said to be requesting 1.5 inch displays from its component suppliers. The smartwatches are expected to feature removable wrist bands in a variety of colors such as blue, red, yellow, white, black and grey. Microsoft has reportedly centered its smartwatch plans around the idea of removable wrist bands. These prototypes are apparently fashioned out of Oxynitride Aluminum, which is not only expensive but almost three times harder than glass. The report also claims that Microsoft is testing these prototypes with a modified version of Windows 8, with focus on seamless integration with other Windows devices. It is said that some prototypes even contain as much as 6GB of onboard storage, apart from cloud storage and LTE support. No release time-frame for Microsoft’s smartwatch has been rumored as yet.