Previewed at Computex in June in 18 and 22mm sizes, the sequel to the surprisingly well-received ZenWatch holds very few surprises ahead of its IFA Berlin reintroduction next month.
The battle is on for the title of strongest Android-powered Apple Watch contender this fall, as Motorola, LG and Asus all seem to put finishing touches on their Moto 360, Watch Urbane and ZenWatch spin-offs. There’s also Samsung’s Gear S2, technically based on Tizen, but essentially a soldier in the same army.
Teased a couple of days ago, alongside new ZenFones and ZenPads, the ZenWatch 2 dropped by the FCC recently to make sure everything is in order under the hood. The federal certification agency is not typically very transparent about the unreleased devices it green-lights, but this time, the approval docs help us round out the spec sheet.
The biggest question mark remains screen resolution, for both the 1.45 and 1.63-inch configurations. Juiced up by 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ8026 processors (what else?), the two will rely on 285 and 389 mAh batteries respectively to keep the lights on.
In comparison, the OG ZenWatch is the exact same size as the large ZenWatch 2, and it packs a 370 mAh cell, good for around a day of heavy usage. It’s highly unlikely therefore that the second-gen will considerably improve autonomy. Definitely give up on the full-week or five-day dreams!
Endowed with standalone Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, the ZenWatch 2s run Android 5.1.1W and offer a new way to interact with the up-to-date software, i.e. a digital metal crown.
About as elegant as their predecessors (so very), the two wearables retain their rectangular build, and keep the stainless steel body protected from water. The display is shielded against scratches with Gorilla Glass 3, and your optional bands are made of metal, leather and rubber, with roughly a dozen chromatic alternatives.