Microsoft is apparently testing a ‘translucent aluminum’ smartwatch


    According to sources at The Verge, a Microsoft smartwatch prototype has moved over testing to the Surface team as Microsoft looks to bring the smartwatch to reality.

    This latest news follows reports that Microsoft is requesting 1.5-inch displays from component manufacturers and is also testing devices with Surface connectors. AmongTech is also reporting that these prototypes are being housed in Oxynitride Aluminium, which is essentially an expensive “translucent aluminium” that is meant to be three times harder than glass.

    It is also understood that the devices are running a modified version of Windows 8, and have a strong focus on integrating with Microsoft’s other Windows-powered devices. Support for LTE and 6GB of storage have also been claimed, with Microsoft allegedly relying on cloud support storage and integration with SkyDrive.

    This shift of the device to the Surface group follows a recent organisational shuffle at Microsoft which saw the Xbox hardware and Surface hardware combine into a single division.

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