Allegedly, the ZenWatch 2 will have a seven-day battery life, run an operating system other than Android Wear and might even allow making and receding phone calls even when not tethered to a smartphone.
Now that’s pretty much the opposite of the original ZenWatch!
Whether the top management of ASUS is just being too optimistic, or they will actually come up with such a gadget, it’s really good news for tech lovers. Because whenever tech giants venture into unknown, unexplored territories, we get to see some wonderful new gadgets.
I’m a little skeptical of the bold claims because the only smartwatch that reaches anywhere near the seven-day mark for its battery life is the Pebble – and it neither has a color display, nor a touchscreen.
Interestingly, ASUS CEO Jerry Shen let slip, on the very day the ZenWatch was launched (December 24) in Taiwan, that they are planning a second generation watch that might be launched in the third quarter of 2015 – the same time when the IFA 2015 is scheduled. Let’s not forget that we first saw the ZenWatch also at the IFA, back in September, 2014.
ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih confessed to the reporters at the company’s year-end party that the watch is far from being perfect, “The ZenWatch is defined by us as a companion of a smartphone, and we think it still has a lot of room for improvement.”
But more importantly, he divulged the company’s future plans when he said, “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.”
Now, two things really make a strong case that the next ZenWatch will run on a platform other than Android Wear. Firstly, it’s rumored that the watch will be able to make and receive phone calls on its own – a functionality currently not supported by Google’s platform. Secondly, Shih mentioned they want to strip the operating system to its bones, but Android Wear hardly allows any customization.
ASUS seems to be moving in the right direction with all these intentions and plans, but we have to wait and see how many of these plans the company succeeds in turning into reality.