First unveiled at Computex in June, the Android Wear timepiece is headed for Europe in October starting at the rough equivalent of $170 (€149).
As predicted and essentially confirmed in a series of teaser images and videos broadcasted online by Asus, the Taiwanese device manufacturer is looking to build hype around previously announced gizmos during the IFA 2015 trade show in Berlin.
Of course, Asus is also filling in a number of blanks as far as the ZenWatch 2 is concerned, promoting among others a marginal battery life upgrade compared to the original model, and a newly added physical button (read crown), meant to improve user interaction with the rectangular wearable.
Speaking of shape, the ZenWatch 2 looks slightly different from its predecessor on the outside. Not better, not worse, just a little different. In a sea of way too similar circular smartwatches, the square construction helps it stand out, although not necessarily for the right reasons.
Screen bezels are still on the chunky side, but at least there’s no “flat tire” crippling the overall sense of style. Paint job options include traditional silver and gunmetal, plus snazzy rose gold, with various leather, rubber and steel straps set to round out the gadget’s customizable facet.
Hands down the biggest change concerns sizes (yes, plural), with the ZenWatch 2 offered in 37 and 41mm configurations with 1.45-inch 280 x 280 pix res and 1.63-inch 320 x 320 displays respectively. The two panels are more or less equally sharp, with matching ppis, and backed by 300 and 400 mAh batteries, they allow the Android wearable to last up to two days between charges in casual usage scenarios.
That’s slightly above the market average, albeit well under speculated one-week figures from a few months back. On the bright side, the ZenWatch 2 is better protected against water and dust, with IP67 rating, and supports Wi-Fi by itself in addition to featuring all the typical Android Wear specs – Snapdragon 400 processing power, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, Bluetooth, etc., etc.
Due out on a global scale this fall, the middling intelligent timepiece comes with a low price tag to the old continent: €149 and €169 to start with for small and large models respectively.
Source: The Verge