The Lumia 950 and 950 XL are still listed as “coming soon” in Microsoft’s US online store, with no precise release date announced yet, the Surface Book can be had if you’re willing to wait at least a month, but American fans of all things Redmond should take some solace in seeing the Band 2 put up for sale.
Sadly, MS turned a deaf ear to public outcry over the wearable gizmo’s hefty price tag, charging $250 for small, medium, and large variants, as promised. All three have been available for pre-orders of late, so we’re guessing folks who are only now adding the Microsoft Band 2 to their e-carts will need to wait a few days for deliveries.
If that’s not an option, you can always try brick and mortar Microsoft retail locations, as well as Amazon, Best Buy, Dell.com, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, Taylormade.com, and Target.com. Overall, it sounds like an aggressive push in a market which didn’t show great interest in the original model, so it remains to be seen if the vastly refined design can put the new Band on the map.
It’s worth pointing out that the cumbersome first-gen continues to cost $100, down from the initial MSRP of $200, with an almost equally robust set of sensors. The Band 2 merely adds a barometer in the mix, also tweaking the touchscreen’s form factor, and loading it with a 320 x 128 pixels resolution. Which one do you think is more compelling?
Source: Windows Blogs