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ASUS announces ZenWatch 2 in two sizes and three colors, with optional steel band

ASUS kicks off Computex 2015 with its second Android Wear smartwatch, the ZenWatch 2, announced today at the company's "Zensation" event in Taipei. Building on the design of ASUS' first Android smartwatch, the ZenWatch 2 adds a metal crown, similar to the side-mounted buttons seen on other Android Wear watches, as well as the Apple Watch's digital crown. The new ZenWatch also ditches the frustrating charging dock bundled with the original, instead going with a new magnetic charging setup that ASUS claims allows for faster charging.

ASUS second-gen ZenWatch comes in two sizes.

The ZenWatch 2 comes in two sizes — a larger model measuring 49 x 41mm that takes 22mm watch bands, and a smaller one at 45 x 37mm which fits 18mm bands. With three different body colors available — silver, gunmetal and rose gold — and ASUS says there's a total of 18 different watch-plus-strap combos available. That includes leather options in blue, orange, red and taupe, "premium leather" straps in khaki, brown, gray, blue, and orange — and the new stainless steel strap option, seen above, which comes in the same three colors as the watch body. And ASUS has also partners with Swarovski to bring blingtastic straps to ZenWatch 2 owners' wrists.

On the software side, the ZenWatch 2 runs the latest version of Android Wear — version 5.1.1 Lollipop, which overhauls the UI with new gestures and easier app launching. ASUS has also bundled a new "wellness" app for health tracking, and a "Watch Face Land" app allowing users to create their own watch faces for the device. Meanwhile, apps like the remote camera viewfinder allow ZenWatch 2 users with ASUS phones to see a preview of their photos on-screen before shooting.

We don't have any firm pricing or release info just yet, but ASUS has already committed to an early Q3 launch for its new wearable.

We've got specs and more pics down below. Stay tuned for the full hands-on!

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ASUS ZenWatch 2

CategoryASUS ZenWatch 2 WI501QASUS ZenWatch 2 WI502Q
ProcessorQualcomm® processorQualcomm® processor
Operating SystemAndroid WearAndroid Wear
DisplayAMOLEDAMOLED
Cover Lens2.5D curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass 32.5D curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
ChargingMagnet charger cableMagnet charger cable
Water ResistanceIP67IP67
Body ColorsSilver, Gunmetal, Rose-GoldSilver, Gunmetal, Rose-Gold
Strap22mm (Rubber, Leather, Metal)18mm (Rubber, Leather, Metal)
Mobile power bankChargeback
Dimensions49 x 41mm45 x 37mm

ASUS Announces ZenWatch 2

KEY POINTS

  • ASUS announced ZenWatch 2, a stylish and personalized wearable device powered by Android Wear and produced in partnership with Google
  • ZenWatch 2 is available in 2 sizes & 3 case colors with 18 different strap & color combinations, and users can create custom watch faces
  • ZenWatch 2 works with the next-gen Wellness smartphone app to provide a comprehensive solution for managing fitness and overall wellness

Computex, Taipei, Taiwan (1st June, 2015) — ASUS today announced ZenWatch 2, a stylish and personalized wearable device powered by Android Wear and produced in partnership with Google. Crafted with absolute attention to detail using high-quality materials, ZenWatch 2 is a precision watch that serves as a smart companion to Android smartphones, providing wearers with timely information at a glance and letting them get things done with a simple touch or voice command.

ZenWatch 2 is designed to be a truly personal device that wearers can customize even further to express their unique sense of style. Available in two sizes and three stainless-steel case colors, with 18 different strap material and color combinations, and instantly-changeable and customized watch faces along with an app that lets wearers design their own, there is truly a ZenWatch 2 for everyone.

ZenWatch 2 builds upon the original ZenWatch, offering an even more refined design, an improved user experience, and the introduction of completely new functionality. ZenWatch 2 now includes a metal watch crown, enhancing the user experience by a providing new way to interact with the watch. It also comes with an all-new magnetic charger that features effortless attachment and dramatically improved battery recharge times.

Combining sophisticated sensors with all-day comfort, ZenWatch 2 works together with the all-new Wellness smartphone app to serve as a personal activity and fitness manager to help users keep their lives in balance and achieve personal fitness goals.

Fine watch craftsmanship

ASUS ZenWatch 2 continues the tradition of fine watch craftsmanship with its impeccable, detail-focused design and high-quality construction. ZenWatch 2 features a durable stainless-steel case available in two sizes —— and attractive Silver, Gunmetal and Rose Gold colors to comfortably fit anyone's wrist and sense of style. A metal crown adorns the case, echoing traditional watch styling and providing a convenient new way to interact with ZenWatch 2. The watch crystal is designed with a gentle curve for an elegant look and improved usability by providing a smooth surface for easy and responsive swiping gestures. It is made from tough Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for protection against scratches and damage.

ZenWatch 2 is available with a wide-range of straps in a variety of materials and colors for further personalization. A tough yet supple rubber strap comes in Blue, Orange, Red, and Taupe colors, and is the perfect choice for athletes, people with active lifestyles, or those who like a more casual look. A soft, premium leather strap is available in Khaki, Brown, Gray, Blue, and Orange colors, providing an elegant look that fits any situation. A stainless-steel link bracelet comes in Silver, Gunmetal or Rose Gold colors to perfectly match ZenWatch 2's case colors for a bold, luxury watch look and feel. ASUS has also partnered with Swarovski® Professional to produce a gorgeous leather strap with an embossed diamond pattern and tastefully accented with Swarovski crystals.

Complementing its physical design, ZenWatch 2 comes with instantly-changeable software watch faces. The variety of available designs lets users easily customize their watch to fit any style, mood, or occasion, such as using a traditional, elegant watch face for work or a night out, or changing to a more playful design for use during leisure time. 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.

Smart companion

ASUS ZenWatch 2 is powered by the latest version of Android Wear and serves as a smart companion for Android phones by extending functionality and providing wearers with a convenient window to view incoming calls, messages, notifications, and other important information, without having to remove their phone from their pocket or bag. ASUS ZenWatch introduced many exclusive features including deep ASUS ZenUI integration, FoneHelper, activity and fitness tracking, and Remote Camera. ASUS ZenWatch 2 improves upon every aspect of the original ZenWatch experience and offers completely new functionality that takes the wearable experience to the next level.

Enhanced Remote Camera — one of the most popular features of ZenWatch — lets wearers display their smartphone's camera viewfinder remotely right on their wrist. This frees them to take photos from creative angles where the viewfinder would be difficult to see, such as when holding the phone overhead at a concert or other crowded event. Remote Camera is also useful for group photos, letting the photographer compose the photo, release the shutter, and check the final result while being included in the shot. Remote Camera has been improved for ZenWatch 2, offering faster performance, more range, the ability to switch between the phone's front and rear cameras, and zoom capability.

In addition to software improvements, ZenWatch 2 has numerous hardware design improvements that enhance functionality and provide a more convenient user experience. With an IP67 water-resistance rating, ZenWatch 2 is designed to be worn all day, everyday, even in the shower or during exercise. An all-new magnetic charger effortlessly attaches to ZenWatch 2 and offers dramatically improved battery recharge times.

Next-gen Wellness app

Comfortable to wear all day and built with sophisticated sensors, ASUS ZenWatch 2 works together with the completely redesigned Wellness smartphone app to provide a comprehensive solution for managing fitness and overall wellness.

ZenWatch 2 is a full-featured activity tracker that provides additional tracking functionality tailored for activities such as running and cycling.

The next-gen Wellness app lets ZenWatch 2 wearers view all of their activity information in one convenient location. It displays progress towards goals as well as activity summaries with attractive graphs that are easy to interpret and analyze, and can be used to set future fitness goals.

Alex Dobie
Alex Dobie

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35 Comments
  • The bezel looks huge.
  • It's like an Android Wear Pebble
  • That's where your post-it notes go.
  • It's a good looking watch, but I agree about the bezel. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The gunmetal Beastie looks lovely.
  • I'm not really sure it looks bezel than the first bezel. I think I liked the styling of the first version better than the new one. And there is so much space for screen. Bezel.
  • The first one looks nice to me as well. This one looks like the original lg g watch and the zenwatch had a big bezeled baby. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The first one had a big bezel, but looked better. The smaller version of this new version looks far better than the bigger one, but still could do better with the screen to body ratio. And the bigger version would be the size I'm interested in, so no deal. Maybe the next Moto 360 will have sapphire crystal and a modern processor and if so, I'm sold.
  • Ugly. I prefer the Moto 360 still. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That bezel....deal breaker for many to start with
  • My initial impression is that I don't see a big improvement from the first one, hardware wise. Where's the built in speaker, the ability to take calls on the watch etc? I will reserve judgement until the hands-on and review.
  • My thoughts exactly. I think the speaker thing gets dismissed way too easily.
  • Agreed! A mic and speaker, along with IR/LED light based heart rate sensor upgrades, are the only reasons that I would consider a Zenwatch 2. They could have kept the old form factor for all I care. An improvement in functionality is way more important. No new gen smartwatch should have a hardware specs list shorter than the Samsung Gear watch 2.
    The whole point of a smart watch is to free your hands from your phone as much as possible.
  • Mobile power bank - chargeback only on 22 model. What's that refer to?
  • the same old pogo pin dock charger the original had maybe.. wonder what they are going to do for the smaller one
  • In the video, it sounds like that's more or less an extended battery pack that attaches to the back of the watch. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ala Gear S, maybe?
  • Well, bigger fan and User of the first one. Not really like the bezels of it and so far there isn't a big hardware revision for me to switch. Looks cool but not for everyone I guess Posted via the Android Central App
  • that certainly is a well crafted bezel...
  • I recently saw someone wearing the original Zenwatch and it looks great. So I think I'll be getting this new model
  • This looks like a 2014 watch. The bezel is awful. No mention of the battery size or the storage or the processor speed. There is just a lot of fluff in the written portion. No thanks.
  • Bezels are probably the only flaws on this watch imo. So ugly! Seriously there was enough space to manage body ratio on this huge screen. Anyway with the waterproof and the wireless fast charging new features I think I'm gonna jump in to it.
  • Can you extend the table with the datasheet from last years model?
  • Not the refresh I expected. Maybe they should've waited a little longer and figured out a way to decrease the bezel 50% less instead of 20% more.
  • Bezel looks like the 1st generation one.
    I will pass since I own the original one
  • The bezel is huge, but looks better than the original to me. I hated that gold bit in the middle of the case on the original. Makes it look tacky to me. I hate the look of gold though.
  • Just like the first one, I'm less bothered by the bezels than I am by the massive gap between the case and strap.
  • Has the potential to be good, but the bezel looks really big. And this coming from someone wearing a SW3.
  • Unless that absurd bezel is hiding enough battery capacity to get me through like 4 days, its not worth it xD
  • Computer mock ups with pasted on screens. My Zenwatch has rounded corners on the screen, so I doubt those square corners are really there.
  • Just saw the video of the real ones and the bezel looks much better than the above pictures. It looks thinner than the original Zenwatch and sleeker overall. Might consider picking it up once we get some reviews in.
  • I loved the look of the first ZenWatch but it was too big for my wrist. This one looks nice, and the smaller one might fit better but they're a few days too late for me. I ordered the Moto 360 the other day because the $100 discount was too good of a deal for me to pass up. One thing I really like about the 360 is that it doesn't have those lugs for the bands to attach to. The lugs separate the bands too far so those watches can look funny on small wrists. Even if the 360 is a bit too big, the band connecting closer together under the watch, makes it fit small wrists better. For now, I won't need to upgrade my Android Wear watch for a while until they start supporting NFC.
  • A mic and speaker and IR/LED light based heart rate sensor upgrades, are the only reasons that I would consider a Zenwatch 2. They could have kept the old form factor for all I care. An improvement in functionality is way more important. No new gen smartwatch should have a hardware specs list shorter than the Samsung Gear watch 2.
    The whole point of a smart watch is to free your hands from your phone as much as possible.
  • I'm thinking of picking up the smaller one, but I'm just wondering, Where would you buy the straps? And also, none of the listings to buy have options to customize. What's the point of giving you options if you're already only given one by retailers? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just picked mine up! Anyone know where I can get additional bands?