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Apple Watch VS Asus ZenWatch 2

The Asus ZenWatch 2 has just been revealed and should hit the store somewhere in 2015. Yet, there are a lot of good smartwatch down there, so time for a comparison between the Asus ZenWatch 2 and the Apple Watch


ASUSTek Computer Inc unveiled its new ASUS ZenWatch 2 smartwatch at IFA 2015. It is a rectangular shaped Android Wear smartwatch. Because of the announcement of Android Wear for iOS, now, even iPhone users can consider to use this as a replacement for Apple Watch.

Design and dimensions

ZenWatch 2 has a rectangular shape and comes in two stainless-steel case sizes with Silver, Gunmetal, and Rose Gold color options. The dimensions of the larger ZenWatch 2 WI501Q are 49 x 41mm, with a 60g of weight. The smaller ZenWatch 2 WI502Q is 45 x 37mm with a weight of 50g.  Personalization options comes with 18 different strap materials and color options, there are more than 50 changeable watch faces and a FaceDesigner smartphone app to let the users to create their own watch faces with some customized styles and functionalities.

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Apple Watch also available in two case sizes: 38mm and 42mm. It is available in three versions: the stainless-steel Watch, the anodized aluminum Watch Sport and 18-karat gold Watch Edition.

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Display

The larger ZenWatch 2 WI501Q comes with a 1.63-inch AMOLED display with 320 x 320 pixels and 278ppi. The display of smaller 45mm ZenWatch 2 WI502Q is 1.45-inch AMOLED 280 x 280 pixels and 273ppi. The touch screen is covered with curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

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The retina touchscreen display of the Apple Watch comes along with Force Touch and sapphire glass or Ion-X glass cover. However, it depends on the model. Comes in 38mm at 340×272 pixels; 42mm at 390×312 pixels.

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Chipset

The ZenWatch 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2 GHz supported by 512MB RAM. The Apple Watch has a Apple S1 Processor @ 520 Mhz and 512 MB RAM. Nothing much to say here. Both smartwatches run smoothly so the processor shouldn’t really be taken into consideration.

Navigation

The ZenWatch 2 comes with 2-finger touch and swiping gestures to navigate between screens. It has a metal crown to access apps and turn the screen on or off. The Apple Watch as  a capacitive touch, Force touch Digital crown. Both smartwatch have a right side button.

TechnoBuffalo release earlier this year a video of the Apple Watch UI.

And here a video of the Android Wear UI.

Storage

the Asus ZenWatch 2 sports 4GB while the Apple Watch has 8GB internal memory. To be honest, having a LG Urbane with 4GB, I don’t really see the importance of internal memory as all the apps are stored in my phone. At some point, when their respective app store will be full of smartwatch apps, it will then be an important perk, but by that time, you will most likely wear another smartwatch.

Features

The ZenWatch 2 has various features including A 6-Axis accelerometer and gyroscope with sensor-hub. Also it has built-in pedometer for step-counting, and activity tracking. Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi.

The Apple Watch has a Heart rate sensor, accelerometer, ambient light and gyroscope. Wi‑Fi (802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and GPS

Battery

The 49mm ZenWatch 2 has a 400mAh battery and the 45mm version has a 300mAh battery.  Battery lasts two days after a single charge and the magnetic charger delivers 35% faster charging.

The Apple Watch can provide 18 hours of usage with a single charge, which is similar to 90 notifications, 90 time checks, 45 minutes of app use with 30-minute workout session with Bluetooth music streaming. It requires 90 minutes to charge up to 80 percent. However, within 2.5 hours the battery will charge completely.

It seems that the ZenWatch 2 has a longer battery life than the Apple Watch, which can be a crucial element when buying a smartwatch.

Operating system

The ZenWatch 2 runs Android Wear, which is now compatible with iOS too, while the Apple Watch runs watch OS 1.0.1.

Hard to find a winner here, as at the end, there are no winner in this war 🙂 it really depends your preferences. iPhone users will tend to prefer Watch OS while Android fan will most likely stick to Android Wear.

Price and Release date

The ZenWatch 2 has been announced during the IFA last month and should be released in october  starting at 170$

The Apple Watch has been released in 10th April 2015 and its price starts from $460

Asus ZenWatch 2 Full Specs

Asus revealed their new ZenWatch model: The Asus ZenWatch 2. Here the full specs

 WI501QWI502Q
TYPESmartwatchSmartwatch
MANUFACTURERAsusAsus
DIMENSIONS49.6 x 40.7 x 9.4 ~ 10.9 mm (LxWxH)45.2 x 37.2 x 10.4 ~ 11.8 mm (LxWxH)
Wristband22mm 18mm
WEIGHT47g42g
BATTERY SIZE400mAh300mAh
SCREEN SIZEAMOLED 1.63 inchesAMOLED 1.45 inches
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY320x320px 278 ppi. Cover Lens: 2.5D curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3280x280px 273 ppi. Cover Lens: 2.5D curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
RAM512MB512MB
INTERNAL STORAGE4GB4GB
CHIPSETQualcomm Snapdragon 400 (APQ 8026)Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (APQ 8026)
NUMBER OF CORES22
MAX. CLOCK SPEED1.2 GHz1.2 GHz
CONNECTIVITYBT4.1, WiFiBT4.1, WiFi
SENSORAcc, Gyro, HRM, Barometer,
Ambient light
6-Axis (A+G) with Sensor-hub, Built-in microphone
WATER RESISTANTIP67IP67
OSAndroid WearAndroid Wear

Asus Zenwatch 2 – The Next Big Announcement by Asus May Come This Year!

The very first wearable android announced by Asus is the Asus Zenwatch. This smartwatch has come to the market recently andt has managed to receive several good recognitions from across the globe. Due to this reason, Asus has also announced the successor for Asus Zenwatch and named it as Asus Zenwatch 2. While this may not be the wearable that can really clean up the popularity of the Apple Watch, still then it will be accepted in the market wholeheartedly for sure. If you are looking for more details related to the Asus Zenwatch 2, then you have landed on the right page.

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This will be the next android smartwatch announced by Asus and it will be announced sometime during 2015. The price for this advanced android smartwatch hasn’t been revealed but we expect around $199. Asus is yet to announce the official release date for its new device. However, after announcing the Asus Zenwatch 2 at the IFA 2015, you can expect it pretty soon.

It’s the design of this android smartwatch that seems to be the strongest point for the device. The fact is that such device can come with the same sort of design but there will be some major differences as far as the features are concerned. For the Asus Zenwatch 2, they have assigned a fresh crown button on the right side of the smartwatch. This button can be used to initiate the standby mode for the device. This will also help the users to get completes control on the apps that are assigned for this wearable. The Asus Zenwatch 2 will come in two sizes. One will come with 49x41mm along with the 22m strap and the next one may come with 45x37mm along with the strap of 18mm. users can also avail these straps in different materials like metal, leather and rubber and these straps can be assigned for both the models. These models can also come in gunmetal, silver as well as rose-gold like colors.

Stay tuned for more information about the Asus Zenwatch 2

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Which smartwatch to buy in 2015 : Motorola 360 2, Tag Heuer Carrera, Samsung Gear S2 ?

I wouldn’t say I am a fan of smartwatch, i just owe a Samsung Smartband and recently a LG Urbane. But to honest, I’m following the market, and always open to buy a new smartwatch.  I have been quite impressed by the LG Urbane and Huawei smartwatch at Mobile World Congress this wear and I went for the LG as the Huawei was, and is not yet available.

This wearable market is becoming massive and all the manufacturers are going to show their new toys, so this is what you have or will have in stock in 2015 if you are looking to buy a smartwatch.

Samsung just announced the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 this week along with a teaser for their new rounded smartwatch. Techradar gives us some insight on what to expect from the new Samsung Gear S2. Here the most important features :

  1. Rotating Bezel
  2. We already knew it, but the Gear S2 won’t run Android Wear
  3. Hearth rate monitor
  4. The Gear S2 will also be focused on sport and Fitness
  5. Intuitive interface
  6. S voice feature

We will know more in September 3rd at the IFA in Berlin

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Motorola Moto 360 2

The Motorola 360 is quite a good smartwatch, being the clear leader in total Smartwatch sale in 2014 according to a study written by Canalys . Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo Chairman is going to surf on this success by launching a successor to the original Moto 360. The first rumours states that the Moto 360 2 will feature a 360 x 360 resolution display and is going by the codename Smelt. Here few pictures that have been leaked.

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 Tag Heuer is working closely with Google and Intel for their first smartwatch, the Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01. While all the software side is developed in the Silicon Valley, the rest is built in Switzerland. The Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01 will be a true jewel of technology with a lot a built in sensors (steps,calories..), a battery life of around 40h, which is quite compared to what is offered at the moment.

Also, one thing will differentiate this smartwatch from the competition, is it will incorporate interchangeable components that will let you upgrade the Carrera Wearable. We also know the price, $1400, and it will be available in November in the US.

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I had the chance to see the Huawei Watch during my stay in Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress and was impressed by the quality of the display and « real watch » feeling. We already know a couple of thing about this smartwatch :

  •  AMOLED screen, 1.4 inches at 286ppi
  • Qualcomm processor at 1.2GHz
  • 4 Go internal memory
  • 512 of RAM
  • 300 mAh battery
  • 3 colors: Black, Gold and Silver

You can find all the specs on the official Huawei Watch page.

We still don’t know when the Huawei Watch will be release, but it may be pushed after summer 2015.

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Asus ZenWatch 2

Asus introduced the ZenWatch 2 during the Computex in Taipei earlier this year. The ZenWatch 2 will have the same curve as the first ZenWatch, but Asus did manage to add some new elements.

  • Android Wear 5.1.1
  • Ecran AMOLED 2.5D, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Processeur Qualcomm
  • Certified IP 67
  • 2 sizes : W1501Q = 49 x 41 mm or W1502Q : 45 x 37 mm
  • Wristband 18mm ou 22mm
  • Side bouton
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The Pebble Time Steel, a more luxurious version of the Pebble Time, is now available to pre order . What differentiate the Pebble Smartwatch from the rest of the competition ? It’s a smartwatch that contains only the essential features (not saying that in a pejorative way) and that lasts! While the Pebble Time has a battery life of 7 days, the Steel version can last 10 days! This is due to the e-paper display and the less evolved LCD screen.

While the Pebble Time has a battery life of 7 days, the Steel version can last 10 days!

You can find common apps for your Pebble Time Steel and the watch is compatible with IOS and Android. The Pebble Time Steel will cost you $250. It will ship to new buyers in 6 to 8 weeks. All of the color options are still available, including the red-gold combo and the ones with metal bands.

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This article was a non exhaustive list of smartwatches, but there are  much more out there ! so stay tuned for more news