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Asus ZenWatch 2 battery life set to trump Apple Watch

Asus has confirmed new details about the successor to last year’s ZenWatch, the company’s first smartwatch.

According to Jerry Shen, the CEO of Asus, the new device will offer four days of battery life, as reported by DigitalTrends.

That’s an impressive feat by smartwatch standards, as most devices typically struggle to make it beyond 24 hours of usage.

Unfortunately, another Asus exec said he hoped the second version would have a 7-day battery life, so it seems that target has not been met.

Still, it’s up on the Apple Watch battery life, which Apple estimates to be around 18 hours with normal usage.

Shen also revealed that the ZenWatch 2 would first be unveiled at Computex Taipei, which runs between June 2 and 6.

However, the CEO confirmed that the device wouldn’t actually go on sale at the event.

Instead, you’ll have to wait for Q3, which means ZenWatch 2 retailing could begin any time between the end of July and the end of September.

Related: Apple Watch vs Android Wear

The original ZenWatch was a formidable entrant to the wearables market; we praised its design and build, as well as the battery life, in our product review.

Unfortunately, it fell down on poor Android Wear optimisation, a lack of buttons, and the fact that the screen was difficult to read in bright sunlight.

How do you think Asus needs to change the ZenWatch 2 to trump its smartwatch rivals? Let us know in the comments.

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