We knew ASUS was working on a second-gen ZenWatch for a long time. This is no mystery and the news came many months ago directly from Asustek’s CEO Jerry Shen. In fact he spilled the beans on the company’s plans for a second ZenWatch well before the first model was even unveiled to the public.
But getting back on track, lately there have been some reports claiming that the ASUS ZenWatch 2 will miss its release schedule for the third quarter of the year, and instead it will see the light of day as late as 2016. Fortunately, Jerry Shen recently broke the silence and reconfirmed that the ZenWatch 2 is still on track for an early-Q3 2015 launch. And that’s not all, the story gets even better as ASUS’ CEO revealed that battery life has been dramatically improved when compared to the first ZenWatch.
ASUS ZenWatch 2 Release and Battery Life
Yesterday, Jerry Shen told the press that, despite all the rumors hinting at a delayed launch, the ZenWatch 2 is still planned to hit the shelves in early Q3 2015. The gadget’s release schedule “remains unchanged” said Asustek’s CEO, adding that the ZenWatch 2 will be showcased at Computex Taipei between the 2nd and 6th of June.
As far as battery life is concerned, the ZenWatch 2 will have a 4 day autonomy, double than what it’s predecessor is currently offering. Granted, that’s still a long way from the 7 days the ASUS VivoWatch can last on a single charge, but the aforementioned smartwatch is a totally different beast, powered by a smartwatch dedicated chipset and featuring ASUS’ own simplified OS (unlike the Android Wear OS that the ZenWatch series is employing). It’s still a considerable leap from the first model though, and should give most other Android Wear gadgets a run for their money. That is assuming the competition won’t come up with a worthy rival by the 3rd quarter of the year.