As expected, Asus formally unveiled the ZenWatch, It’s the company’s first smartwatch powered by Google’s Android Wear platform for wearable devices. It’s designed with the emphasis of being fashionable while maintaining its overall functionality. Aside from that, Asus goes for more affordability to welcome users in the world of wearable devices without hurting their pockets.
Being fashionable doesn’t mean to compromise functionality and the ZenWatch seems to deliver the balance between both worlds. On the outside, is a beautifully crafted round edged metallic frame bonded with 1.63-inch display with 320×320 resolution behind a curve protective glass. the straps in the promotional images looks premium as a stitched leather strap that locks comfortably in the wrist.
Inside is the usual innards which includes a Snapdragon 400 Quad-core processor running at 1.2GHz, 512 MB of RAM, The piece doesn’t have an ambient light sensor but Asus is generous to include a heart rate monitor which should measure to relaxation level of the user – according to Asus.
At a price of 199 euros, users will also get 4GB of storage (well that seems to indicate a standard in today’s smartwatches as exhibited by other players). The storage should be enough to store all kinds of data including system data and multimedia files. the ZenWatch also runs on 369 mAh, that should last from one to three days under normal usage.
The new ZenWatch as what Asus calls “The best looking smartwatch to date” may take the crown in that category but in terms of functions, it seems that every smartwatch today since powered by Google’s Android Wear may seem to perform much the same. Google is currently limiting OEM’s to customize the new Platform but since an update is on its way, we might see some few extras in the next iterations of the platform.
- IFA 2014: ASUS loads up on the style quotient with it Android Wear-powered ZenWatch(91mobiles.com)
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- Asus ZenWatch Smartwatch Gets Official (Video)(geeky-gadgets.com)