Apple today received some brand-new competitors for the Apple Watch by way of a new release by Asus, with the ZenWatch 2 having arrived simply months after the very first incarnation.
The watch itself in fact looks rather good, and awfully familiar at the exact same time, particularly if you take place to such as the Apple Watch. That’s because there are more than a couple of resemblances to be discovered in between the ZenWatch 2 and Apple’s smartwatch, although the majority of are just skin deep.
The very first similarities are the sizing and color alternatives that the ZenWatch 2 is available in. The very first Android Put on watch to come in twodifferent sizes, the new Asus providing is readily available in 45mm and 49mm guises, both of which are larger than what Apple offers for its own watch – – 38mm and 42mm. Both sizes are readily available in three various colors too, with silver, gunmetal and rose gold alternatives bearing more than a similarity with the color alternatives readily available to prospective Apple Watch buyers. Asus can call it gunmetal all it wants, but it’s basically Space Gray – – or Space Black, depending upon how you look at it.
The resemblances do not stop there either. The new ZenWatch 2 comes with a Digital Crown of sorts, though regardless of vibrant claims throughout its statement it appears the crown is absolutely nothing more than a glorified power button. A great power button we must confess, but it’s far from the brand-new communication model that Apple brought to the table with the Apple Watch.
Oh, and bands. The ZenWatch 2 has bands, including a mesh-like effort that looks similar to Apple’s Milanese Loop. Oh and there’s a metal link choice too, which bears striking resemblance to Apple’s own Link Bracelet choice for the Apple Watch. Unlike the Apple Watch, ZenWatch 2 buyers can decide for a khaki leather band should they actually, actually wish to. We’re not truly sure why they would, however.
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Where the ZenWatch 2 does differ from the Apple Watch is the software, with Asus now being just the 2nd smartwatch maker to sport the most current and greatest version of Android Use.
Not content with clipping a couple of Apple’s concepts for the watch itself, even Asus’s advertising video for the ZenWatch 2 bears quite the resemblence to Apple’s video. Asus isn’t really the first to attempt and out-Apple though, and definitely will not be the last.
Here are some of the screen grabs from the videos above, highlighting the key distinctions:
It’s a shame that despite offering a terrific smarwatch in the beginning – – Asus ZenWatch – the company has chosen to rip Apple’s design to shreds for its 2nd coming. And it’s quite damning that Asus isn’t the first to swindle Apple in the design front, with Pebble also taking a leaf or more – – or 3 – from Cupertino’s design handbook for its brand-new Pebble Time smartwatch.
We expect more copycat smartwatches in the days to come, so don’t act surprised.