A round-faced Asus ZenWatch 3 could be heading to Berlin’s IFA event in September if a recent FCC filing is anything to go by.
The FCC certifies electronic devices before they go on sale, so Asus’ filing is a good indication that a ZenWatch 3 will be on show at IFA, Europe’s largest consumer tech trade show.
Both the original Asus ZenWatch and ZenWatch 2 were released within a few months of IFA which is held every year in September. The original ZenWatch was released in November 2014 and the ZenWatch 2 was released in October 2015, so there’s very good chance we’ll see the same release pattern with the ZenWatch 3.
Not many details apart from the change in shape from rectangular to circular have emerged yet, but it seems the ZenWatch 3 will support Wi-Fi which is lacking with the two previous versions.
There’s also a good chance, although it’s just speculation, that the new smartwatch will use a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor rather than the Snapdragon 400 found in its predecessors. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 is designed especially for wearables. It enables richer algorithms with greater accuracy and uses 25 percent less battery power than the Snapdragon 400.
As far as Android Wear smartwatches go, the Asus Zenwatch 2 has one of the better battery lives, but it’s still only around two days. If the new circular Zenwatch 3 can add half a day to that, it will be good news for AW smartwatches in general, because hot on their heels are smart analogue watches such as the Frederique Constant Horological smartwatch.