News by Luke Jones on Wednesday September 02, 2015.
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While more and more companies are making smartwatches with round faces, such as Samsung's Gear S2 that arrived this week, ASUS has decided to stick with a rectangular design for its ZenWatch 2. The wearable was revealed by the company during its IFA live event, and considering the original ZenWatch was aesthetically pleasing, we are not entirely disappointed to see rectangle faces come back.Admittedly, familiarity has eased the appeal of the ZenWatch design and with its thick bezels the ZenWatch 2 is not outright sexy, and certainly there are a number of better looking wearables these days. Indeed, it seems that across the board ASUS has opted for an incremental update of its smartwatch, and the result is a solid if unspectacular device. The company is perhaps trying to appeal to female consumers by offering the ZenWatch 2 in two sizes, a smaller 1.45" display and a 280 x 280 resolution and a larger 1.63", 320 x 320 screen. Elsewhere there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 of RAM, and a 400mAh battery, so in terms of specs it is incremental progress for ASUS' wearable. While some may be disappointed that this is not a complete overhaul, but the original device was solid enough and ASUS has priced the ZenWatch 2 competitively. Indeed, it can be classed as a budget smartwatch option, with the larger version costing $167 and the smaller variant oddly costing more, $190.
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