Asus CEO Jerry Shen has revealed that the company is working on second-generation ZenWatch, which will work without needing a smartphone. He was speaking at the Taiwanese launch of Asus ZenWatch.
Shen stated that the next-gen ZenWatch will be able to work independently of smartphones and support voice-calls. Asus CEO’s claims indicate at a rival to Samsung Gear S smartwatch, which comes with built-in SIM card slot and doesn’t need a connection to smartphone to function.
According to a report in Focus Taiwan, this ZenWatch successor will be released in the third-quarter of 2015. The report also includes that in addition to ZenWatch 2, Asus will launch two other wearables devices next year, which will focus on fitness related functions and get price-tags lower than ZenWatch.
ZenWatch global roll-out and Taiwan launch
Asus on Wednesday released the ZenWatch in its home market Taiwan at NT$5,990 (US$188), making it the third market to get the smartwatch. The company has already launched the watch in US and Japan.
Asus CEO Shen announced that the ZenWatch will be rolled-out in select European markets, Hong Kong and China in the second-phase, but did reveal when this phase will begin.
The smartwatch is in short supply right now with only 50,000 units production per month and the condition is expected to remain same until the end of February.