One of the main criticisms that we have with almost every smartwatch that has been launched yet is the poor battery life. While it is okay to charge your smartphone almost every day, it isn’t quite acceptable if we are required charge our wearable products every day as well. Thankfully, at least ASUS is working on a successor to its ZenWatch that will reportedly have a battery life of up to a week on a single charge.
This was revealed by Jonney Shih, chairman of Asus, while talking to media in Taiwan recently. He stated that the original ZenWatch can improve in a lot of areas, especially battery life. He believes that the chipset and OS needs to be simplified further in the next generation of ZenWatch to achieve up to seven days on a single charge. The current ZenWatch is rated to have a battery life of 2 days according to official figures quoted by Asus. Shih also revealed that Asus was going to introduce the second generation ZenWatch by the third quarter of this year, hinting at a IFA launch for the device. The device is expected to be a major improvement in other areas as well, including the ability to make calls directly from the smartwatch without having to connect it to your smartphone via a Bluetooth connection.
The ZenWatch successor will not be the only wearable product that Asus will unveil at IFA this year. A wristband-like smart accessory will be launched as well with a focus on fitness and health tracking. According the Shih, the device will be able to measure your pulse, heartbeat as well as blood sugar level.
Last year we saw a number of new smartwatches being announced, and this year we expect even greater number of new smartwatches. Hopefully other manufacturers will also concentrate on extending the battery life on their smartwatches, just like Asus.