Asus on Tuesday launched the ZenWatch 2 smartwatch in India. The successor to last year's ZenWatch, the ZenWatch 2 comes in two sizes: 1.45-inch (WI502Q) and 1.63-inch (WI501Q). Both models are available in Silver and Gunmetal cases with leather straps at Rs. 14,999, while rubber strap pricing is at Rs. 11,999. Both sizes are available to purchase via Flipkart starting Tuesday. Asus added that at a later point, the smartwatch will also be sold through its Asus Exclusive Stores.
The Asus ZenWatch 2 runs Android Wear and offers Asus ZenUI integration with a range of software features. For instance, if you want to mute a call, you can do so by simply covering the ZenWatch 2 with your hand. You can also find your smartphone using the timepiece, and control several phone settings such as Wi-Fi among others right from your smartwatch.
The Asus ZenWatch 2 WI502Q, which is available in silver colour option, sports a 1.45-inch Amoled display with a screen resolution of 280x280 pixels (accounting to 273 ppi pixel density). The Asus ZenWatch 2 WI501Q, available in silver and gunmetal colour options, sports a 1.63-inch AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 320x320 pixels (accounting to 278 ppi). Both the variants offer 2-finger touch support.
As for the specifications, both the ZenWatch 2 models are powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC paired with 512MB RAM. Both the Asus ZenWatch 2 models come equipped with 4GB eMMC internal storage and offer support for Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi.
The Asus ZenWatch 2 W1502Q and WI501Q also share the same magnetic charging cable and have IP67 certification, which means that the smartwatch can withstand immersion in water in up to 1-metre depth for up to 30 minutes. The Asus ZenWatch 2 WI502Q has a 300mAh battery while its bigger sibling comes equipped with a 400mAh battery. The company claims that the Asus ZenWatch 2 will deliver two-three days battery life on a single charge. The WI501Q version comes with a 22mm rubber or leather strap. The W1502Q comes with a 18mm leather strap.
"Consumers today wish to use gadgets that make their lives simpler by aiding their hectic lifestyles. The Asus ZenWatch 2 achieves this through its features that make it possible for the users to manage their lives right on their wrists," said Peter Chang, Region Head - South Asia & Country Manager for Asus India. "Combining luxury in a slim form-factor, the ZanWatch 2 furthers our vision of providing high-end products at affordable price points."