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ASUS unveils new ZenWatch 2

Second smartwatch from ASUS includes improved battery and new software

The ZenWatch 2 is intended to act as a smart assistant to Android and iOS smartphones.
The ZenWatch 2 is intended to act as a smart assistant to Android and iOS smartphones.

ASUS has launched its second smartwatch, the Android Wear-based ZenWatch 2.

The ZenWatch 2, which is available from today in the UAE from AED 799, is designed to offer ASUS technology innovations at a competitive price point, the company said.

The ZenWatch 2 is designed for wearer personalization and is available in two sizes and three colours - Silver, Gunmetal, and Rose Gold. The smartwatch has 18 different strap material and colour combinations, including a Swarovski patterned leather strap, and the new FaceDesigner smartphone app that lets wearers create 50 different watch faces with customized style and functionality.

Ethan Ling, Country Product Manager ASUS Middle East commented: "The smartwatch category is still relatively new here, but there is a huge opportunity for growth in this market and the Asus ZenWatch 2 is going to be a step-change in the design of wearable devices. We build our smartwatches not only to exceed consumer expectations in terms of quality and design, but it also to reflect their own personal look as well as lifestyle. The ZenWatch 2 with its sleeker design, extended battery life, and a responsive user experience has already been well-received globally, so we are expecting the success and popularity to replicate in this region and capture consumer attention, particularly during the festive season."

The ZenWatch 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, with an improved battery that provides up to two days of use on a single charge. An all-new magnetic charger attaches to ZenWatch 2 and provides 35% faster battery recharge times than the original ASUS ZenWatch. It takes just 36 minutes to charge ZenWatch 2 from zero to 50% capacity - enough power for a full day of use.

The smartwatch is intended as a smart assistant for Android and iOS devices, that provides wearers with a convenient, at-a-glance view of incoming calls, messages, notifications and other important information without having to remove their phone from their pocket or bag. ZenWatch 2 comes with a wide-range of software features, including ASUS ZenUI apps, Business Helper, FoneHelper, Remote Camera, and ZenWatch Message.