ASUS’ main attraction at the IFA was all about its new ZenWatch Android Wear smartwatch. It has been teased by Asus several number of times and finally it has been launched. The leaked pricing is indeed accurate.
After announcing the new EeeBook and Zenbook notebooks along with the new Memo Pad 7, ASUS finally unveiled the ZenWatch at IFA today in Berlin.
The ZenWatch has a 1.63-inch AMOLED touch display which has 320 x 320 resolution. The body has a curved stainless-steel case surrounded by a rose-gold-coloured band inset. The top of the watch is dominated a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3. The watch comes with leather strap with a quick-release clasp out of the box, but one can swap it with their own 22 mm band to suit the mood.
The ZenWatch runs on 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC which is also used in Samsung Gear Live as well as the LG G Watch and the circular G Watch R. It comes with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. A 1.4 Wh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, a microphone and a bio sensor which can monito ryour heart rate plus activity. It also comes with IP55 rating which makes it water resistant.
ASUS has also added ZenUI elements on the smartwatch. These include “Watch Unlock” which lets your unlock your phone or tablet by simply touching the ZenWatch’s watch face, “Tap Tap” lets you toggle a pre-assigned function by double-tapping the watch, plus the self explanatory “Cover to Mute,” “Find My Phone,” “Remote Camera” and “Presentation Control.”
The ZenWatch is priced at €199 (about $260) which is more than their Android Wear counterparts. It is expected to launch between late Q3 and early Q4 this year. Stay tuned to us for more IFA announcements.