Following rumors that ASUS could look to release a non-Android Wear device and reports of delays for its next-generation smartwatch, today the company confirmed that the new Asus ZenWatch will arrive early in Q3 and will indeed be running Android.
The news comes from the focustaiwan.tw news channel, which reports the company’s CEO confirmed plans are still on track for the next-gen Asus ZenWatch powered by Android Wear:
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The launch timetable for the smartwatch running on Google Inc.’s Android Wear operating system “remains unchanged,” Asustek CEO Jerry Shen (沈振來) told a press briefing after an earnings conference for investors… The second-generation ZenWatch will be showcased at Computex Taipei, the world’s second-biggest computer trade show, scheduled for June 2-6, with sales of the device to begin in the early third quarter, Shen said.
ASUS reportedly confirmed that the device will feature improved battery life, up from 2 days on the first-gen ZenWatch to 4 days on the upcoming version. That still falls short of the company’s goal to offer 7-days battery life, according to the report.
The company added that it expects to sell less than a million units of its smartwatch this year.
Check out our original hands-on with the current ASUS ZenWatch here.