First up, ASUS CEO Jerry Shen let slip that a second generation ZenWatch is set to launch in the third quarter of 2015. The revised smartwatch is designed with greater independence from a smartphone in mind, allowing the user to place voice calls without the need to pair up a handset. In other words, expect a SIM card compatible ZenWatch later this year.
ASUS’ other two wearables are expected to come in the form of two low-cost wristband devices, aimed at the health and fitness markets. Shen has stated that the wearables will be able to measure footsteps, heartbeat, pulse and blood sugar levels, although a time frame for release has not been given.
Moving on to ASUS’ upcoming smartphone products, the company has released another teaser for its CES announcement, this time in Morse code. The brief video, embedded below, spells out the word “optical zoom”, which certainly sheds some light on the mysterious camera teasers posted by ASUS last month.
We are still a little unsure how ASUS’ optical zoom technology might work. Last year, ASUS demoed a dual-lens sensor that captured and combined near and distant photos to create a zoomed in image, although it is difficult to see whether or not the teased smartphone features a dual-camera setup from the short videos. Fortunately, all should be revealed next week.
ASUS certainly looks to have an interesting product line-up going into 2015.