ASUS Shows Off The ZenWatch 2 At Computexby Brandon Chester on June 1, 2015 2:06 AM EST
Today ASUS updated their Android Wear smartwatch offering. It wasn't long ago that we saw the original ASUS ZenWatch at IFA, but it's now being superseded by the ZenWatch 2. Unfortunately, details are fairly scarce about ASUS's new watch. It's powered by an unnamed SoC from Qualcomm, and sports a 2.5D AMOLED display of unknown size. More details about the ZenWatch 2 should come out over the course of Computex.
One area where the ZenWatch 2 is clearly improved over its predecessor is the water and dust resistance. The original ZenWatch had an IP55 rating, and this has been improved to an IP67 rating for greater water submersion protection.
The ZenWatch 2 comes in two sizes, and both models come in silver, gunmetal, and rose-gold finishes. Straps are available in rubber, leather, and metal. One interesting feature on the larger model is that it can be used as a tiny battery power pack to charge your phone, but with the limited battery capacity of smartwatches this seems like something to only be used as a last resort.
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danielfranklin - Monday, June 1, 2015 - linkEww, so much bezel...!
Gadgety - Monday, June 1, 2015 - linkYikes. Bezels, bezels, bezels galore. No thank you. Unless it's sub $50 and for my kid.
Gadgety - Monday, June 1, 2015 - linkOr I guess they figured, if Apple can do it, so can we.
quiksilvr - Monday, June 1, 2015 - linkIt is actually the same bezel as before, which isnt great but it really helps with comfort and battery life. I actually don't like the fact that they are basically copying Apple Watch's designs from the two size options to the crown on the side. If this doesn't have WiFi it is a dud.
speculatrix - Saturday, June 13, 2015 - linkyeah, I don't like the iKnob on the iWatch, and don't see why Asus had to go that way.
SirGCal - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - linkI like it. Watches should be larger. I hate the tiny thin ones myself. I like a bit of weight to them also. But the bigger hopefully also means more battery.