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Published on November 26th, 2015 | by admin

ASUS ZenWatch 2 comes to Australia

Sydney, Australia – 25 November, 2015 — ASUS today announced ZenWatch 2 will be available in Australia from 1st December. Priced between $299 and $369, ZenWatch 2 will be available from the ASUS eShop and select Harvey Norman stores. ZenWatch 2 is a stylish and personalised wearable device powered by Android Wear and produced in partnership with Google. Crafted with absolute attention to detail using high-quality materials, this precision watch serves as a smart assistant for Android and iOS devices, providing wearers with timely information at a glance and making activities easy with a simple touch or voice command.

The smartwatch is designed to be a truly personal device that wearers can customise to express their unique sense of style. With two sizes and three stainless steel case colours to choose from, five different strap combinations and instantly-changeable watch faces along with an app that lets wearers design their own, there is truly a ZenWatch 2 for everyone.

The latest ASUS offering builds upon the original ZenWatch, with an even more refined design, an improved user experience and the introduction of completely new functionality. The smartwatch now includes a metal watch crown, enhancing the user experience by providing a new way to interact with the watch. It also comes with a new magnetic charger that features effortless attachment and dramatically improved battery recharge time.

Combining sophisticated sensors with all day comfort, ZenWatch 2 works together with the all new Wellness smartphone app to serve as a personal activity and fitness manager to help users keep their lives in balance and achieve personal fitness goals.
Fine watch craftsmanship

ZenWatch 2 continues the tradition of fine watch craftsmanship with its impeccable, detail focused design and high quality construction. It features a durable stainless steel case available in two sizes and attractive silver and gunmetal colours to comfortably fit anyone’s wrist and sense of style. A metal crown adorns the case, echoing traditional watch styling and providing a convenient new way to interact with the device. The watch crystal is designed with a gentle curve for an elegant look and improved usability by providing a smooth surface for easy and responsive swiping gestures. It is made from tough Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for protection against scratches and damage.

ASUS’ latest watch is available with a wide range of straps in a variety of materials and colours for further personalisation. A tough yet supple rubber strap comes in taupe and is the perfect choice for athletes, people with active lifestyles, or those who like a more casual look. A soft, premium leather strap is available in light khaki and blue, providing an elegant look that fits any situation. A stainless steel link bracelet comes in silver and gunmetal, to perfectly match ZenWatch 2’s case colours for a bold, luxury watch look and feel.

Complementing its physical design, the device comes with instantly changeable software watch faces. The variety of available designs lets users easily customise their watch to fit any style, mood or occasion, be it work or play. Wearers can even create their own custom watch faces in the new Face Designer app for a truly personal and unique experience.
Smart companion

ZenWatch 2 is powered by the latest version of Android Wear and serves as a smart companion for Android phones by extending functionality and providing wearers with a convenient window to view incoming calls, messages, notifications and other important information without having to remove their phone from their pocket or bag. It is compatible with iOS and introduces many exclusive features including deep ASUS ZenUI integration, FoneHelper, activity and fitness tracking, and Remote Camera. ZenWatch 2 improves upon every aspect of the original ZenWatch experience and offers completely new functionality that takes the wearable experience to the next level.

Enhanced Remote Camera — one of the most popular features of ZenWatch — lets wearers display their smartphone’s camera viewfinder remotely right on their wrist. This frees them to take photos from creative angles where the viewfinder would be difficult to see, such as when holding the phone overhead at a concert or other crowded event. Remote Camera is also useful for group photos, letting the photographer compose the photo, release the shutter and check the final result while being included in the shot. Remote Camera has been improved for ZenWatch 2, offering faster performance, more range, the ability to switch between the phone’s front and rear cameras, and zoom capability.

In addition to software improvements, ZenWatch 2 has numerous hardware design improvements that enhance functionality and provide a more convenient user experience. With an IP67 water resistance rating, the watch is designed to be worn all day, even in the shower or during exercise. An all new magnetic charger effortlessly attaches to ZenWatch 2 and offers dramatically improved battery recharge time. The ZenWatch 2 offers up to two days battery usage, and up to three days on standby.
Next-gen Wellness app

Comfortable to wear all day and built with sophisticated sensors, the ZenWatch 2 works together with the completely redesigned Wellness smartphone app to provide a comprehensive solution for managing fitness and overall wellness.

ZenWatch 2 is a full featured activity tracker that provides additional tracking functionality tailored for activities such as running and cycling.

The next gen Wellness app lets the wearer view all of their activity information in one convenient location. It displays progress towards goals as well as activity summaries with attractive graphs that are easy to interpret and analyse and can be used to set future fitness goals.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ZenWatch 2 will be available from the ASUS eShop and select Harvey Norman stores from 1st December. The metal strap version starts from $369 and the leather strap version starts from $299.


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