ASUS Unveils ZenWatch 2 at Computex

ASUS ZenWatch 2 (WI501Q)_Gunmetal + Metal strap

ASUS is currently in the middle of their Computex event in Taipei, and they have announced their second generation Android Wear watch, the ZenWatch 2. ASUS has improved the build of the watch and now offers two sizes and three colors, with an optional stainless steel band. The ZenWatch 2 also has a new metal crown on the side, similar to the LG Watch Urbane, or even the Apple Watch’s own digital crown. ASUS also listened to consumers by ditching the charging dock for a new magnetic charging system, which they also claim charges the watch a bit faster.

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. The ZenWatch 2 now comes in silver, gunmetal and rose gold. ASUS claims this gives 18 different watch combinations. Unfortunately, I think their math is a bit off. They stated that the available bands include leather straps in blue, orange, red and taupe, premium leather straps in khaki, brown, gray, blue, and orange, and the new stainless steel strap option, which comes in the same three colors as the watch body. According to my calculations, that is at least 24 combinations, even if they force the stainless steel band to match the watch body color. Apparently you’ll also be able to get some shiny bands from Swarovski eventually, that will give even more options!

The ZenWatch 2 will run Android Wear 5.1.1, same as the LG Watch Urbane that released this month. ASUS added some new features of their own like an improved “wellness” fitness app, a camera view finder to pair with your ASUS smartphone, and a new app for users to create their own watch faces. There is no word on pricing or availability yet, but we’re monitoring Computex closely to see if any news emerges. Check out the pics and specs below and let us know what you think. The watch should launch sometime in Q3 for sure.

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"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"

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