Thursday 4 September 2014

Asus ZenWatch is official, priced at €199

After a number of teasers and rumours, Asus on Wednesday unveiled its first Android Wear smartwatch in Berlin. The new Asus ZenWatch sports similar internals to those present in other Android Wear devices but the company seems to have spent quite some time in designing the device as it looks far better than other square smartwatches.

“ZenWatch brings the luxury tradition of fine watchmaking to Android Wear, with an elegant, detail-focused design and use of high-quality materials. It is designed for supreme comfort, with a soft genuine stitched-leather strap and quick-release clasp,” Asus noted in a press release.

Featuring a curved stainless-steel case, the ZenWatch sports 1.63-inch 320x320p AMOLED display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3. It also comes with 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and Bluetooth 4.0. The watch also packs a heart-rate sensor and microphone.

Like all Android Wear smartwatches, ZenWatch can monitor and track a range of fitness related data like steps taken, calories burned, activity duration, heart rate, exercise intensity and relaxation level.

On the software front, Asus has included several watch faces as well as smart features on the device. Some of the software customisations include Watch Unlock, Tap Tap, Remote Camera, Cover to Mute, Find My Phone and Presentation Control. As the names of the features suggest, most of them allow the users to control their smartphone with the smartwatch.

According to Asus, ZenWatch will work with all Android smartphones running version 4.3 or above but ZenFone users get select additional feaatures like support for What’s Next and Do It Later apps.

Pricing: The smartwatch will retail for 199 euros, when it goes on sale in late-Q3 or early-Q4.

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