Asus ZenWatch 2 promises four days of battery life

1 Jun 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

ASUS announces ZenWatch 2 smartwatch coming soon.

First came the selfie stick, allowing narcissistic cellphone owners to take pictures of themselves that appear as though they were taken by someone else. The company on Monday showed off a new smartphone, dubbed the ZenFone Selfie, which features a 13-megapixel front-facing camera with a flash, along with a new “beatification mode” to help enhance your mug with “digital cosmetics.” Yes, there’s now a whole phone specifically designed to help you take flattering photos of yourself.ZenWatch 2 is what the Taiwanese company called “a precision watch,” which pairs with Android devices to bring notifications and services to your wrist.ASUS has its sights set firmly on the Apple Watch with the newly unveiled ZenWatch 2, a metal-clad Android Wear smartwatch that will be made available in two sizes. Taking its cues from the original ZenWatch, the successor promises a more refined design, an improved user experience, additional functionality, and a magnetic charger for faster battery boosting.

There’s also a range of customization options, and the ZenWatch 2 comes with an application that lets the wearer design their own watch face via the Watch Face Land app. The Selfie phone features cameras on both the front and back of the phone with a “beautification mode” designed to make people look better in their photos. “It makes my skin tone look more even, the lines softer—it’s like wearing digital makeup,” Chuang said. On the specifications side, the Asus ZenWatch 2 features an AMOLED screen with a piece of 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 on top, and there’s a yet to be specified Qualcomm processor inside. The new ZenUI beautification mode will let you digitally contour your face and remove imperfections — without any makeup. “A few taps is all that’s needed to soften facial features, slim cheeks, and enhance skin tone to add vibrancy, and all in real time — injecting instant verve into any composition,” Asus said.

The rubber straps come in blue, orange, red, or taupe; get a leather one in khaki, brown, gray, blue, or orange; or select metal in silver, gunmetal, or rose gold. The phone also has a “selfie panorama mode,” which leverages the f/2.2-aperture front lens and 88-degree field of view to let you capture yourself and the area around you, up to 140 degrees. There’s also an enhanced Remote Camera, which lets wearers display their smartphone’s camera viewfinder on their wrist, which could work for overhead concert shots and group photos, for example. The is available with a wide-range of straps in various colors of rubber, leather and steel-link. has also partnered with Swarovski Professional to produce a leather strap with an embossed diamond pattern accented with Swarovski crystals. Designed to be worn all day, every day—even in the shower or during exercise—the ZenWatch 2 also serves as an activity tracker and health-and-wellness manager.

With phone attachments known as “selfie sticks” so popular that everyone from actor Leonardo DiCaprio to farmers in Uzbekistan are using the gadgets, it was probably only a matter of time til a smartphone maker created their own built-in version of the stick—which extends a selfie snapper’s reach to a normal photo-taking distance. While the Apple Watch’s digital crown allows users to shuffle through various pages, or what Apple calls “glances,” the ZenWatch 2’s digital crown is more for show when it’s not acting as a power button. It features a 1,920-by-1,080-pixel, 5.5-inch display, which has a sharp 401 pixels per inch and durable Corning Gorilla Glass 4 cover for protection against scratches and drops. The company is also offering a “MyView” cover for the phone that would hide the entire screen except for a small circular window for previewing selfie shots.

Asus also revamped its corresponding Wellness smartphone app that allows smartwatch users to track daily movements, calories burned other health and fitness metrics. There are two new flicks that made it onto the most-pirated movies list this week: Home, starring Rihanna, and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, starring Antonio Banderas.

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