Asus lived up to expectations this year at Computex. The Taiwanese manufacturer showed up at the annual electronics show in Taipei with a bunch of new products to get officially and properly announced. Among the ZenFone Selfie smartphone and a bunch of new ZenPads, the company introduced ZenWatch 2 smartwatch – a successor of the last year’s ZenWatch.
Asus Zenwatch 2 – What’s new
The second generation ZenWatch brings a redesigned body that seems to have taken a leaf from Apple Watch book. The device is made of stainless steel, has square body with rounded corners which will be available in Silver, Gunmetal, and Rose Gold color options and comes with stainless steel strap as standard.
After the launch users will be able to choose a different strap from as many as 18 options made from a variety of materials including leather and plastic available in a multitude of colors. There will be even a Swarovski special edition set with actual Swarovski crystals.
Even more important than refreshed design, though, is the fact that the ZenWatch 2 will be offered in two sizes. The bigger model measures 49 x 41mm and uses 22mm straps, while the more compact one has dimensions of 45 x 37mm and uses 18mm straps. Making a smartwatch in two sizes seems like a well-thought decision, since large devices don’t look particularly attractive on small wrists.
As far as specs are concerned, the ZenWatch 2 packs an AMOLED display with 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 and is powered by a Qualcomm processor. It also offers IP67 rating for dust and water resistance and a magnetic mechanism for charging. The latter is a really cool feature thanks to which you won’t have to clasp your watch into a cradle every night. On the software side you can expect the latest version of Android Wear with a handful of custom apps including a Remote Camera tool and a new Wellness app for tracking your activity.
Asus didn’t elaborate on launch date nor pricing. The lack of any details regarding release probably means that we will have to wait for the watch, most likely until Q3. As for the pricing, the device should cost around the same as its predecessor, or possibly a tad more since it comes with a few improvements. Anyway, the ZenWatch 2 looks very promising and hopefully it won’t disappoint when put to practice.