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ASUS ZenWatch 2 comes to Australia

ZenWatch 2

ASUS has announced today that its ZenWatch 2 Android Wear watch is destined for Australia. Like the original ZenWatch, the second generation is pitched as a stylish and personalised wearable, powered by Android Wear, produced in partnership with Google.

The ASUS ZenWatch 2 is available in two sizes and three colour combinations, with a total of five strap and colour combinations making it very customisable. On top of these options are the standard inclusions, such as Gorilla Glass 3 for added protection from scratches and damage, a stylish metal crown and high quality construction and design.

The two sizes will accommodate those with smaller wrists and large, with the standard 49 x 41mm model with a 22mm strap, and a smaller model which accepts 18mm watch bands and measures in at 45 x 37mm.

Given that the smaller model has a smaller display, its resolution has been downscaled appropriately from 320 x 320 on the regular 1.63-inch display size, to 280 x 280 on a 1.45-inch display producing 273 ppi, 5 less than the larger model.

ZenWatch 2 in both its new guises are noticeably smaller than the original ZenWatch, which came in at 51 x 39.9mm, however it was much slimmer than both new models at 7.9mm, compared to 9.4mm and 10.4mm on the standard and small models respectively.

Pricing will range from $299 to $369 depending on the model chosen, and the ZenWatch 2 will be available from the ASUS eShop and select Harvey Norman Stores. The leather strap option will be priced from $299, and the premium, metal strap from $369. Both models will be available from next week, 1 December 2015.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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somewhat pointless, a release without Rose Gold casing

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