Giving you a chance to buy an Android Wear smartwatch without ruining your tight budget Asus has released the ZenWatch 2. Announced back in summer, the watch now made its official appearance at the company’s IFA 2015 press conference unveiling a complete list of specs and pricing details. Being available in two size versions just like the Apple Watch or 2nd Gen Moto 360, the ZenWatch 2 comes labeled with a competitive sub-$200 price tag.
ZenWatch 2 Android Wear Smartwatch will hit the market priced under $200
The first ZenWatch was surely one of the best looking smartwatches available on the market at the date of its premiere in 2014, and to tell you the truth its successor is no different. Closed in a stainless steel water and dust resistant body shell the watch speaks a classic design which makes it look like a traditional watch rather than a futuristic geeky gadget. Although the wearable is definitely waterproof so that you can get a shower while wearing it, IPX67 certification still doesn’t make it a diving companion.
Accessible in two sizes, the smaller 45.2mm watch is more appropriate for a delicate woman’s wrist and costs something round $170 and the bigger variant with the measuring 49.6mm face will be sold for about $190.
Both variants of the ZenWatch 2 come equipped with pretty much the same hardware, sporting an AMOLED display though in two different sizes. The 45mm option has a 1.45-inch one, whereas the 49mm model has a 1.6-inch screen. Powered by a Snapdragon 400 with 512MB RAM the ZenWatch 2 offers 4GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, both enabling your wearable to sync with your phone so that you’re no longer in Bluetooth chains. What’s more the manufacturer somehow managed to fix the functionality problem with a hard to use hidden key while replacing it with a crown button similar to those you may found on other smartwatches.
Speaking of the differences between two size variants, the smaller ZenWatch 2 is kept alive by a 300mAh battery while the bigger uses a 400mAh battery unit delivering you 2 days and 2.5 days of use on the “ambient mode” (which in practice means using the gadget simply for telling you the time), respectively. The watch is charged with the help of a magnetic charger cable, which seems to be a noticeable improvement over the old plastic one, and can get up to 50% of power in just 36 minutes.
The ZenWatch 2 will debut in a variety of styles allowing you to match the watch to your aesthetic tastes, including silver, gunmetal and rose gold colors along with interchangeable stainless steel (including a very feminine bracelet), leather and rubber straps.
Although at IFA 2015 press conference Asus announced official pricing for Europe, the company claims that the ZenWatch 2 will hit global market no sooner than October.