Asus ZenWatch 2 arriving this year, says CEO; will launch at Computex

Asus ZenWatch 2 arriving this year, says CEO; will launch at Computex
It was in late April that Asus CEO Jerry Shen supposedly said that the company's ZenWatch successor would not be arriving until next year. Somewhere along the line, wires were crossed, since new reports out of Taiwan have Shen confirming that the wearable is on track to make its retail d├ębut in the third quarter of 2015. 

While in New Delhi, overseeing the Indian launch of the Asus ZenFone 2, Shen reportedly said that the ZenWatch 2 wouldn't be headed to market until 2016, which contradicted his earlier assertion that it would be ready by Q3 2015. Those reports have now been dismissed by the Asus chief as a "misunderstanding," and so the ZenWatch 2 will indeed be ready for its grand unveiling at Computex Taipei. 

Computex Taipei, for those unfamiliar, is one of the foremost computer trade shows on the planet, and with proceedings set to begin on the week commencing June 2nd in the Taiwanese capital, we shan't have to wait long to see what the ZenWatch will entail. 

Obviously, it will run on Google's Android Wear, but Shen is keeping tight-lipped with regards to the feature improvements. He has, however, shared the fact that battery life isn't as enhanced as his company was hoping. Asus apparently set itself a target of a seven-day battery life with the ZenWatch 2, but Shen now believes that it may only manage four days -- not exactly bad news given that most Android Wear smartwatches hover around the one-day mark. 

In fact, in our own, original ZenWatch review, we found that it'll last about a day's use before requiring a recharge. By taking additional battery-saving measures, such as deactivating the always-on display, the ZenWatch may even continue powering for longer. But make no mistake -- if the ZenWatch 2 can muster four days of battery, it'll be Android Wear's very own miracle worker -- regardless of whether it falls short of what Asus had anticipated. 

With the Apple Watch having thrown the proverbial cat among the pigeons, there's added emphasis on each and every Android Wear smartwatch that arrives this year. The pre-order total of Cupertino's wrist computer reached almost one million units in the first day alone -- considerably more than the total figure of Android Wear devices shipped throughout the entirety of last year. 

Along with the improvement to battery life, the Asus CEO earlier noted that there will be two different editions of the ZenWatch 2 -- one for men, one for women. 

We'll be sure to keep you up-to-date with any further details as and when they arrive, and while we're not holding our breath on the four-day battery claims, the ZenWatch 2 will need to impress given the wider expansion of the smartwatch market. 

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6 Comments

1. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

This wasn't a bad watch as far rectangular watches go but they should go circular.

2. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

How many circle watches running the same software can you have? You need some variety dude. Even with Apple, I think it would be nice if they offer both down the road. I have both shapes with my mechanical watches.

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

All my watches are round and that's not going to change. Rectangular watches are nasty looking, even the reverso IMO.

5. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

And that's your opinion anyways , I have seen several rectangular watches that look good.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7373; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I have both round and square. Not everyone has the same tastes. However this is a nice watch. Too bad they never sold it in my country. From what I gather they never sold it in a bunch of other countries. So Asus you have to step up your game.

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The zenwatch 2 sounds like it could be the best android wear or even the best wearable device of the year with that 4 day battery life. I like the look of the zenwatch better than the other square shaped smartwatches so i think its good they're not jumping on the circle bandwagon like everyone else, would be lame if all the best smartwatches were circle.

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