With the recent announcement of the Asus ZenWatch 2 at Computex, Amazon and Best Buy have decided to lower the price of the first generation model down to $150. While it’s no longer the latest and greatest, the ZenWatch is still a solid piece of kit, powered by Android Wear and sporting a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 with 512MB RAM.
On the downside, the ZenWatch has been updated to Android 5.1.1 but isn’t capable of supporting Wi-Fi functionality, due to hardware restrictions. If you’re okay with having to carry your phone with you in order for the watch to work, then this is still a great deal if you’re wanting to jump onto the smartwatch bandwagon.
For those on the fence between picking up the ZenWatch over its successor, one of the biggest differences is the ZenWatch 2 has a revamped design and will come in two sizes, bringing a 37mm face in addition to the larger 41mm face. The IP certification has also been bumped up from IP55 to IP67, which means enhanced resistance to dust and water. In the hardware section, the ZenWatch 2 will come with a new magnetic charging system and a functional crown. The battery life is also expected to be improved dramatically over the previous model possibly making it last as long as 4 days.
If you don’t care about having the newest model available, the specs of the ZenWatch should still be more than enough to handle Android Wear into the foreseeable future, though it might miss out on a few minor features here and there due to hardware limitations. And since most of us will be carrying our phones anyways, the lack of WiFi capabilities shouldn’t be a deal breaker. So will you stick with last year’s model and get a great deal or perhaps wait for some better hardware to come out before you buy a Smartwatch? Let us know down in the comments.