Asus announces the ZenWatch 2 - different sizes, magnetic chargers, lots of customizability


One of the most aesthetically pleasing smartwatch lines to launch last year – Asus' ZenWatch – has just gotten its second entry, the ZenWatch 2. The design language is mostly the same, however, this time around, Asus will be offering the wearable in two sizes – one will come with a 1.63”, 320 x 320 screen, the same size and resolution as the first ZenWatch, and the second one will be slightly smaller, with a 1.45” display and a 280 x 280 resolution.

Hardware-wise, both models bear the quad-core Snapdragon 400 SoC by Qualcomm, clocked at 1.2 GHz, 512 MB of LPDDR2 RAM, and 4 GB of internal storage. The larger ZenWatch 2 model will be juiced by a 400 mAh battery, whereas the smaller one will only have 300 mAh in its juicebox. Asus promises 2.5 days of life in ambient mode for the bigger-sized watch, and more than 2 days in ambient mode for its tiny sibling. Charging is done via a magnetic connector and Asus says it takes 36 minutes for a ZenWatch 2 to be charged up to 50%.

Both models will launch some time in October, though, whether it will hit all major markets at the same time is unknown. They will come in three different finishes – silver, gunmetal (grey), and rose gold – a variety of straps, and will have a watchface-creation tool, so, hopefully, we can expect an endless pool of cool faces to come from the community. Here's the shocker – announced prices list the 1.67” ZenWatch 2 at €149 (around $167) and the smaller, 1.45” variant at €169 (around $190). No typo there – the smaller ZenWatch 2 will actually cost you more.

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12 Comments

1. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

36mins for the 400mAh battery to charge to 50%?? That's disappointing.

2. jeetblswami

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

OK!! what if we want that shape of the watch and we are not willing to make display of that shape. Just make the bezels bigger and stuck a small square display (yes you can make any shape possible). Thank you moto!!

3. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

I did not understand a single thing you just said. :-(

5. jeetblswami

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I mean for the sake of the shape they are putting those big bezels around a small square display. :(

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Still no Wi-Fi?

6. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Seems like it... It's the only downside of my Zenwatch.

7. chadful33

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

I have the moto360 and I stopped using the wifi all together, it's glitch and has connectivity issues. Doesn't work well and kind of gimmicky right now in my honest opinion.

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Android Wear doesn't even have WiFI.. LOL

12. TechJunky_405

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

You sure about that, I use wifi all the time on my Gear Live, works fairly well

9. chadful33

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

IFA appears to suck, where are the hands ons?

10. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

fak it im going back to the OG Moto 360....

11. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Why is no one putting a more battery-friendly processor on their smartwatches besides Samsung?

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