ZenWatch 2 unveiled at Computex: now in two sizes, refreshed design, and magnetic charger

by: Bogdan PetrovanJune 1, 2015

At the Computex technology trade show in Taipei, Asus just unveiled the second generation of the Android Wear ZenWatch 2. Following the well-received original from last year, and confirmed to launch by Asus brass, the ZenWatch 2 brings aesthetic refinements and small functionality improvements that make the package a bit more attractive.

asus zenwatch 2 (1)The ZenWatch 2 is available in two sizes: the bigger one is the same size like last year, with a 41 mm face and 22 mm band, while the smaller edition is 37 mm with an 18 mm band. Asus seems to have taken to heart criticism about its wearables being too large for many users; however, it’s not clear for now whether the smaller version features a smaller display or is simply more compact.

The displays are OLED and protected by 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3, while the processing tasks are handled by an unnamed Qualcomm chip (probably the same Snapdragon 400 as in the predecessor).

The new ZenWatch 2 features a crown on its side, which is supposed to feature some functionality, though Asus has not specified what to expect. The device features better water and dust resistance – now at IP67 – and a new magnetic charging system that replaces the cradle system found on the original ZenWatch. Speaking of charging, battery life should be improved, said Asus, without adding any details.

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On the software side, Asus highlighted the improved Remote Camera app and a totally redesigned Wellness app.

The ZenWatch 2 will be available in silver, gunmetal and rose-gold with a variety of straps made of rubber, leather, or metal. If you’re the fancy type, there will even be a Swarovski encrusted band.

No details on the ZenWatch 2’s price and availability, but we’ll keep you posted.

  • Looks a bit bland compared to the first version.

  • MattEgansHairLine

    Looks like a Apple Watch knock-off from a East Street Market.

    Especially love the border around the display.

    Laugh, nearly shit myself.

  • Freddy Born

    just call this watch “THE BEZEL”…

  • Fantastico

    Is that… a Digital Crown and Milanese loop in the photos above?

  • Diskus1

    GPS? HR monitor? Memory for music? WiFi?

  • Chindavon

    Apple inspired much? Where’s the British accent guy?

  • Peter

    More bezel than screen… no thanks.

  • John Doe

    Ok, love the look and finish of the watch, hate the bezel, and lack of more info on watch specs …
    I was soooo hoping that version 2 of these watches would bring a barrage of new features and better
    battery life and a thinner body, but so far I have not seen anything that makes me really want to buy one!!

  • Paul M

    I don’t like the button, seems to have been made bigger to mimic the iWatch, the original was nicer.
    Also, the style seems to make the bezels seem bigger, and again, I prefer the original.
    The lugs for the strap seem to stand out more, the original was better.

    Overall, the only thing I’d prefer is the better battery life. The only reason I didn’t buy the Zenwatch1 was because it wasn’t easily available here in the UK from a retailer I’d consider buying from, and even then not in show in a retail outlet for me to see IRL.

    Not for the first time I didn’t buy an Asus product because of their strange sales strategy making a product hard to get hold of. At least this time I am not even considering their product.