It may have only been a little over six months since we reviewed the original ZenWatch, but Asus is already back with a second generation of its wearable. The ZenWatch 2 has a similar design to its predecessor, but offers significant customization over two different case sizes.
While the original ZenWatch was only available in a single, stainless steel and leather strap combo, the new model follows closely in the footsteps of the Apple Watch, giving the user the opportunity to pick up a smartwatch that’s more specifically tuned to their tastes.
The new watch is available in two different sizes to fit either 22 or 18 mm bands. It has an IP67 water resistant case (the original was only IP55) and measures 49 x 41 mm (1.93 x 1.61 in) and 45 x 37 mm (1.77 x 1.46 in) respectively. Asus hasn’t provided details regarding the exact sizes of the displays fitted to the two bodies, but we do know they use AMOLED tech and are coated with very slightly curved 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3.
Built from stainless steel, both models will be available in a silver, gun metal or rose gold finishes, with a choice of metal, leather or rubber straps. Just like the first generation ZenWatch, the new entry runs the new 5.1 update to Android Wear. It’s powered by an unspecified Qualcomm processor (most Wear watches to date have run Snapdragon 400 CPUs).
Asus has made a number of other improvements with the new release, packing in a faster performing remote camera app and an updated version of its Wellness fitness tracking smartphone companion app. The new ZenWatch also features a metal crown button – something we didn’t see on the original release.
There’s no word yet on pricing or release, but while you waiting to find out when you can get your hands on the new smartwatch, you can take a look at the video below for a closer look at the second generation product.