New information on the upcoming Asus ZenWatch 2 is coming in just a couple more months.
According to the Franchise Herald, Asus is expected to unveil information including the release date and official pricing for the ZenWatch 2 in September this year during the IFA event.
The successor to the original ZenWatch, Franchise Herald said, was revealed during Computex 2015 last June. The website said that Asus had shared some details on the gadget’s specifications during the said event.
Asus described the ZenWatch 2 design as an improvement over its predecessor, and is “offering an even more refined design, an improved user experience, and the introduction of completely new functionality,” PC Advisor said.
The Verge reported that the Asus ZenWatch 2 will have a metal crown similar to its competitor, Cupertino-based Apple Inc.’s smartwatch product Apple Watch. The Verge also added that the crown represents a “new way to interact” with the Android Wear operating system in the device.
Also similar to Apple’s offering, the Verge said, buyers will be able to choose between a 49 mm or 45 mm tall stainless steel case for the Asus ZenWatch 2.
The ZenWatch 2’s improvements over its predecessor also include an IP67 water resistance rating, Ecumenical News reported. The new device will also be dust-resistant as well, the publication revealed.
By contrast, Ecumenical News said, the original ZenWatch only holds an IP55 rating.
PC Advisor revealed that the ZenWatch 2 will be paired with a magnetic charger that is alleged to improve charging time. In addition, PC Advisor said, the 49 mm model will have a ‘chargeback’ feature that will allow owners to access battery power while traveling.
ASUS claimed that, with these features, the ZenWatch 2 can carry 4 days of battery life.
Retailers are also starting to make way in their stocks for the ZenWatch’s predecessor. Ecumenical News said that Newegg is now offering the original ZenWatch at $150 instead of $200. The purchase will come with a $10 Newegg gift card.