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.
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.
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.