With the Microsoft Band series of fitness wearables, Microsoft made a push into the wearables scene and it seemed like it was doing quite well. It spawned a second generation but unfortunately it was ultimately discontinued. However there were rumors that there was a third Microsoft Band in the works that was cancelled following the shuttering of the program.
Now the folks at Windows Central have managed to get their hands on what appears to be a prototype of the Microsoft Band 3 which they have conducted a review of. Given that the device will never see the light of day anymore, we suppose the review is kind of moot, but it should give us an idea of what could have been, and so far it seems to be pretty good.
Windows Central’s review of the Band 3 is pretty positive in which the device comes packed with more features, like an electrocardiogram and RFID. It also appears to charge faster compared to its predecessor (which makes downtime more bearable), but other than that the form factor and design remain the same (for the most part), save for the clasp area which appears to be thinner.
It also appears to be waterproof which would allow users to track their activity during swimming. However it should be noted that this is still a prototype, which means that the final design and features could be different from what was reviewed, but perhaps if there is enough positive feedback received from this review, perhaps Microsoft could reconsider relaunching their wearables program again.