The ASUS ZenWatch was one of last year’s most attractive smartwatches and the gadget managed to capture the spotlight thanks to its design, price tag and improved autonomy. Indeed, the ZenWatch offers great battery life by today’s standards, but truthfully that’s not really something to brag about because the standards are quite low to begin with. Battery life on pretty much all the smartwatches out there is rather lousy and from our point of view this is the main issue that should be tackled by all smartwatch manufacturers.
Fortunately it seems that some smartwatch makers do care about battery life, and as you might’ve figured out already, this time around we’re referring to ASUS. The latest word on the street is that the Taiwanese tech giant is now working on a ZenWatch sequel, which might offer up to 7 days of usage on a single charge. Care to learn the details? You’ll find them below.
ASUS’ Next ZenWatch To Offer Up To 7 Days of Battery Life
Last Saturday, during ASUS’ year-end party, Asustek Chairman Jonney Shih told the press that the original ZenWatch is defined as a smartphone companion and that there’s still a lot of room for improvement on the wearable side of things. Specifically, Shih said that, as a companion device, the smartwatch’s CPU and OS should be simplified in order to increase battery life and deliver up to 7 days on a single charge, rather than just 2 days (though admittedly it’s not too easy to get 2 full days on the ZenWatch on a single charge).
While Jonney Shih hasn’t disclosed anything else regarding the next ZenWatch, it’s pretty obvious that a sequel is on the way. In fact, last December the CEO already confirmed the company’s intentions to release a ZenWatch sequel in the 3rd quarter of 2015. Needless to say, we’re very glad that ASUS is willing to tackle one of the biggest issues posed by the smartwatch ecosystem, and we’re hoping that they’ll manage to pull it off without too many sacrifices. Any thoughts?
LE: Considering that all the modern smartwatches are using SoCs meant for smartphones and/or tablets, it’s quite obvious that there’s a lot of room for improvement. In fact, MediaTek and Qualcomm are said to be already working on “simplified” SoCs (read: meant for wearables) which could make a reality the 7 days of battery life mentioned by ASUS’ chairman.