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It seems like there is no end to the number of Android Wearables that are launching these days. Only six months ago we saw the Asus ZenWatch hit stores and now it’s time for its successor, the ZenWatch 2 to meet the audience. Without a price tag as of now, read on to find out some more about the latest from the House of Asus that was launched at Computex, Asia’s premier tech exhibition…
The ZenWatch will be available in two variations- a 49mm-tall stainless steel case with 22mm strap and a 45mm one with an 18mm strap. Both the watches have AMOLED screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection purposes. Adding to its durability is its IP67 rating which indicates the Zenwatch’s dust and water resistance (1m for up to 30 minutes). The ZenWatch 2 comes with a metal crown that looks like the one on the Apple Watch. However, unlike the Apple Watch this metal crown is simply a power button.
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The watch will be offered in silver, gunmetal and rose-gold colours. For straps, Asus will offer them in rubber, soft leather and metal in different colors. A leather option with Swarovski crystals on it is another option to be offered. Asus has left no stone unturned to give aesthetically appealing options to the user with 18 different combinations of materials and colors.
The ZenWatch 2 uses a new magnetic charging connector that according to the company, promises to dramatically improve recharging times. The 49mm case will have an optional “Chargeback” mobile power bank with a built- in battery that can be fitted at the back of the watch. This additional power will come at the cost of making the watch a little more bulky. The pricing is expected to be in the same range as the previous ZenWatch at around Rs.22, 000.
As far as the software is concerned, the ZenWatch 2 has the Watch Face Land app which will allow the user to design or make a customized watch face. The Remote Camera App has been updated too. The connected Android Smartphone’s viewfinder will be shown on the watch and will enable zooming in and out as well as switching between the primary and secondary cameras. As per Asus, every piece of software has been updated to make the ZenWatch 2 appealing to the use. However, the real feel of the watch will still be that of Android Wear. The ZenWatch 2 will be powered by a Qualcomm processor, which one exactly though has not been revealed yet. The ZenWatch 2 will make use of the latest iteration of Android Wear which was revealed pretty recently with the LG Urbane Watch.
The company has stated that the full specifications, pricing, and details of the Zenwatch 2’s shipping date will be revealed at the IFA to be held in Berlin in September of this year. Until then, it’s a game of wait and “watch”…