Asus has launched its next-generation smartwatch at the Computex 2015 in Taipei, the ZenWatch 2. The second-generation smartwatch from Asus has been introduced within a year of the first-generation ZenWatch, which launched at IFA last year.
The Asus ZenWatch 2 is the first Android Wear-based smartwatch that comes in two sizes with different model names ZenWatch 2 (WI501Q), and ZenWatch 2 (WI502Q). These feature interchangeable 22mm strap (with a 49mm stainless steel case) and an 18mm strap (with 45mm stainless steel case) respectively, while featuring watch face dimensions of 49x41mm, and 45x37mm respectively. With various options for the ZenWatch 2, Asus clearly wants to take on Apple Watch. The stainless-steel case of the ZenWatch 2 is available in three colours (Silver, Gunmetal and Rose Gold colours) while the company has announced 18 different strap materials and colour combinations for the smartwatch.
The global Asus website teases that the new smartwatch has been crafted with a “stylish and detail-focused design.” The company claims that the ZenWatch 2 has been built upon the original ZenWatch though comes with new functionality. The company has added a metal watch crown, which Asus touts is a new way to interact with the watch. The display glass is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection against scratches and damage. The ZenWatch 2 now features a new magnetic charger.
Asus has also detailed a few specifications of the ZenWatch 2. It sports an unspecified Qualcomm processor, an Amoled display with 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and IP67 water resistance. The 22mm strap version comes with an optional chargeback.
The company is also touting its new Wellness app, which in conjunction with the ZenWatch 2 will make it a full-featured activity tracker. Also on board the ZenWatch 2 is an enhanced Remote Camera feature, improved from what was introduced with the ZenWatch. The new feature offers faster performance, more range, zoom capability, and the ability to switch between the phone’s front and rear cameras.
The Taiwanese company also announced a partnership with Swarovski to manufacture a leather strap with an embossed diamond pattern and accented with Swarovski crystals.
“Wearers can even create their own custom watch faces in the new Watch Face Land app for a truly personal and unique ZenWatch 2 experience,” notes company in a press statement. Asus ZenWatch 2 comes with ZenUI integration, FoneHelper, activity and fitness tracking, and Remote Camera features. The ZenWatch 2 comes with an IP67 water-resistance rating.
Asus, as of now, has not revealed the specifications of the ZenWatch 2 smartwatch.