ASUS boasts ZenWatch 2 smartwatch offers 7-day battery life
According to recent reports, Asus is already working hard on a new iteration of the ZenWatch having only launched the wearable back in late 2014 at IFA Berlin. The second-gen ZenWatch 2 is said to be an advanced version of the original, offering a battery life of up to seven days.
“The ZenWatch is defined by us as a companion of a smartphone, and we think it still has a lot of room for improvement,” Asus Chairman Jonney Shih told reporters in Taiwan. The current-generation ZenWatch runs Google’s Android Wear OS and like most smartwatches, has to be paired with a smartphone and only lasts a day or two at the most on a single charge.
Shih went on to explain that the long battery life of the upcoming wearable is a result of the significantly simplified chipset and OS configuration. With many OEMs, including Apple, struggling to solve battery life problems with their wearables, the ZenWatch 2 could blow away the competition having overcome the issue that currently determines many smartwatch’s existence in the crowded market.
“As a companion device, its central processing unit and operating system should be more simplified than the current version, so that I can use it for up to seven days on one charge, rather than for just two days.”
In addition, the ZenWatch 2 will offer independent voice-calling and communication features using its own SIM-card, similar to rival Samsung’s Gear S. Earlier statements from Shih have suggested that the Asus ZenWatch 2 will be officially launched during Q3 2015. The current ZenWatch has been hailed as one of the best-looking Android Wear devices to date, and is available for around £200, housing a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB eMMc flash storage.
On a smartwatch related note Apple has confirmed, during a conference call regarding its recent record-breaking financial report, that its overdue Apple Watch is set to ship in April of this year.