The ASUS ZenWatch 2 smartphone has just been announced at the Computex Taiwan event earlier today. The company was expected to reveal the device at this event all along, so this has barely come as a surprise to us. There are some interesting additions with the new ZenWatch model, most importantly with regards to appearance.
Functionality will remain unchanged for the most part, but the addition of a physical button/dial will change things somewhat. We’re not aware of the exact the functioning of this new button on the side, so we can’t judge the smartwatch based on this as of yet.
The wearable will be available in multiple steel and leather/rubber variants, so choice is another aspect where ASUS has paid closer attention. The ZenWatch 2 will also be available in 18 and 22mm bands respectively, much like the Moto 360. We had reported that the ZenWatch 2 will be available in men’s and women’s variants, so this is consistent with those reports.
The smartwatch comes with slightly larger bezels, while the display appears to be smaller as well. Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 (curved 2.5D glass) is being used on the wearable, while there’s an unnamed Qualcomm chipset powering the ZenWatch 2.
One can’t be faulted for seeing the obvious similarity between the ZenWatch 2 and the recently unveiled Apple Watch, so we’re a little disappointed with ASUS’ lack of innovation on that front. Pricing details for the wearable are not out yet, but expect them to cost somewhere around the $200–$300 mark, which is a standard in the Android Wear segment currently.