The new Asus Android smartwatch Wear gets FCC certification. Public documents, confirm the CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 400-at least one of the two variants. The new Zenwatch 2 do not yet have an official launch date, but the presentation at Computex 2015, and this new FCC certification, suggest a second exposure to IFA 2015 in September and, from there, such a deployment in the fall.
There will be two versions of the smartwatch: one with product code WI501Q will have 22 mm strap and cash 49 x 41 mm, while the WI502Q will have from 18 mm on a frame from 45 x 37 mm. Both IP67certified. Two models, then, but up to 18 different combinations of straps for coloring, material, type of engagement.
Beyond the Centralledwatch.com (rubber LED watches) changing from FCC leaves us some technical detail.We find that the display is a H163QLN AUO 01.2 from 1.63 inches and 320 x 320 pixels (2.5 AMOLED D), that the battery is a 1.5 Wh 3.85 Vdc and the WiFi + Bluetooth will be managed by Murata chip LBEE5KL1DX. All on a Asus mobo not identified and with a glass Gorilla Glass 3.
The battery capacity is important because Asus has talked about a device for “activity days”. The current Zenwatch WI500Q has a 1.4 Wh then just smaller than the new. Considering the potentially identical hardware platform (S400) it remains to be seen how extra hours battery life was obtained. Software? Better integration? Or is it just about the tiny battery pack matched called Asus Chargeback? We’ll know soon.