Asus Announces The New Zenwatch 2
At their Computex event, Asus took the wraps off the second generation of its smart wearable, the Asus Zenwatch 2.
The Zenwatch 2 will be available in two different sizes, 41mm width (x49mm) and 37mm width (x45mm) with strap sizes of 22mm and 18mm respectively. Both the watches sport an AMOLED display, with a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top for protection. As for the internals, the watches have a Qualcomm processor, but no more information has been provided in their press release. They will also run on the latest stable release of Android Wear.
The Zenwatch 2 also comes with a magnetic charger for easier attachment to the watch along with improved recharge rate. Battery capacity of the smartwatches was not mentioned. Both the watches do bear IP67 certification for dust and water resistance. Interestingly, the Zenwatch 2 also has a metal crown on the side to echo traditional watch styling and also provide a “convenient” new way to interact with the smartwatch, much like the iWatch. Along with usual functions of a smartwatch, the Zenwatch 2 will also have a Watch Face Land app where users can create their own custom watch faces for a more personalized experience.
For the looks, the Asus Zenwatch 2 is definitely hoping to impress. Both the watches will be available in 3 different colors for the stainless steel case: Silver, Gunmetal Gray and Rose Gold. For the straps, there are 3 materials to choose from, and depending on the material, there are different colors. For the Rubber based straps, the colors available would be Blue, Orange, Red and Taupe. For the Leather based straps, the colors available will be Khaki, Brown, Gray, Blue and Orange. The Stainless Steel Link Bands will come matching with the case color, i.e. in Silver, Gunmetal Gray and Rose Gold. To also appease the luxury end of the consumer spectrum, there will also be a Swarovski Leather strap which shall bear an embossed diamond pattern and Swarovski Crystals.
The Asus Zenwatch 2 looks like a solid offering so far, at least on paper. As the competition heats up with more manufacturers dipping their toes in the smartwatch segment, the pricing and availability of the watch would play an increased role in its success. However, pricing and availability of the Zenwatch 2 is not known at this stage.
What do you think of the Asus Zenwatch 2? Does the watch impress you as a user? Or does it seem like a “me-too” against the famous Apple offering? Let us know in the comments below!
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