Early June is reportedly when the Taiwanese company intends to unveil the upgraded Android Wear device, with commercial sales likely to begin shortly thereafter.
While the first-gen Asus ZenWatch could hardly be described as a top-tier Apple Watch contender, mostly due to its makers’ advertising impotence, the stylish timepiece has no doubt been a revelation, gaining somewhat of a cult following thanks primarily to its low price.
You can therefore imagine our great surprise upon hearing news about a sequel setback to next year. Actual news, no less, reported as coming from the horse’s mouth as opposed to unfounded speculation.
But apparently, the on-the-record statements of Asus CEO Jerry Shen were “misunderstood” somehow, with the exec now determined to highlight a ZenWatch 2 is right around the corner. That’s not an expression, mind you, as Shen recently told Focus Taiwan the formal announcement will go down at Computex Taipei in the opening days of June.
Mere weeks after the expo introduction, the Android wrist-worn gadget should roll out to end users, starting in Asia we presume. An early Q3, i.e. July launch timeframe puts the ZenWatch 2 in stores less than a year on the heels of its precursor, so the upgrades and technical improvements might be short of remarkable.
Namely, it seems autonomy will increase from roughly two days to “less than four”, not a whole week, as Asus originally targeted. As such, shipments of the new smartwatch aren’t expected to break any records, with a total of a million wearables currently the OEM’s most optimistic 2015 sales estimate.
That’s, of course, when adding the OG ZenWatch and just-unveiled long-lasting VivoWatch to the tally. Oh, well, a mil is still a mil… if Asus can reach the adventurous goal.