The Apple Watch is here and the smartwatch market continues to move on with many Android Wear devices reaching their second or even third generation of model. Here's what you need to know about the Asus ZenWatch 2 including release date, price, specs and features. Updated on 21/9/15. See also: Best Smartwatches in 2015.

Announced at Computex earlier this year in Taiwan, the Asus ZenWatch 2 is the successor to the original ZenWatch which is still on sale. The firm says it builds on the first model "offering an even more refined design, an improved user experience, and the introduction of completely new functionality."

Read our Asus ZenWatch 2 hands-on review.

Asus ZenWatch 2 release date and price

As expected, IFA 2015 brought with it more details on the ZenWatch 2 release date and price with Asus telling us that the smartwatch will arrive in October across Europe. As far as we can see, no retailers in the UK have it for pre-order yet.

We also know it will cost from 149 Euros so the price in Blighty could well be £149 which is pretty cheap compared to rivals. The larger model will cost 169 Euros.

Asus ZenWatch 2 release date

Asus ZenWatch 2 specs and features

Like Sony, Asus is sticking to a square screen rather than circular. You'll have to look at the likes of the Motorola Moto 360, LG Watch Urbane and Huawei Watch for that feature.

Many hardware specifications are fairly standard for an Android Wear smartwatch but Asus has followed in Apple's footsteps by offering two different sizes. Asus touts 18 different strap and colour combinations with rubber, leather and metal straps plus a choice of silver, gunmetal and rose-gold body.

New features include a metal watch crown and a magnetic charger which supposedly improved recharge times. The larger model will come with a 'chargeback' for more power on-the-go. Combined, Asus says the device could offer four days of battery life.

The ZenWatch 2 runs on Android Wear and includes some of Asus' own software features including FoneHelper, activity and fitness tracking, Asus Wellness and Remote Camera. The latter has been improved with faster performance, more range, the ability to switch between the phone's front and rear cameras, and zoom capability.

Asus ZenWatch full specifications

• Processor: Qualcomm processor
• Operating System: Android Wear
• Display: AMOLED
• Cover Lens: 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3
• Charging: Magnetic charger cable
• Water Resistance: IP67
• Body Colours: Silver, Gunmetal, Rose-Gold
• Strap: 22mm (WI501Q), 18mm (WI502Q) - Rubber, Leather, Metal
• Mobile power bank: Chargeback (WI501Q)

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