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Asus may kill ZenWatch series due to poor sales, rumors claim

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Asus may kill ZenWatch series due to poor sales, rumors claim
When it debuted last year, the ZenWatch 3 looked quite promising with its large, circular AMOLED display, stylish look, and solid hardware specs. Well, the device is still looking relevant to this day, but the ZenWatch creators might not be pleased with the commercial performance of the product line headed by the model. In fact, it is speculated that Asus may stop developing the ZenWatch line, as sales of its smartwatch devices have been lower than expected, according to “sources of Taiwan's supply chain”.

According to Digitimes, the average monthly shipments of the ZenWatch products from the supply chain amount to 5,000-6,000 units. This is almost nothing compared to Apple’s results in the smartwatch segment – according to an industry estimate, Cupertino shipped seven million units of the Apple Watch in 2016, and IDC says the company’s smartwatch shipments have been about 3.5 million units in the first quarter of 2017 alone. 

However, the information on the possible termination of the ZenWatch product development has yet to be officially confirmed by Asus. And perhaps there is still hope for the product line, given the fact that all ZenWatch models so far have been decent offerings – both in terms of features and pricing. 

source: Digitimes

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posted on 15 May 2017, 10:04 2

1. airisoverrated (Posts: 39; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I own one, very nice watch but not without drawbacks.

The good stuff - fully round screen with great resolution for a smartwatch but still somehow has the proximity and light sensors.2 programmable buttons plus the main home button are very convienent. Lugs seem weird in pictures but actually make the watch very comfortable and seem smaller on the wrist than other smartwatches which look and feel chunky.

And the fast charging - that needs to be on every smart watch and is hands down the best feature. 60% charge in 20 min gets me about 12hrs use, and the watch is fully charged in about 40min.

Now the not as good - odd decision to use non-standard bands, which would've been somewhat acceptable if they actually offered various styles of replacements (for a while you couldn't get a replacement at all). I mean is a black leather band too much to ask? Thankfully Steelconnect has a kickstarter up to remedy this with an adapter.

The charger for these are finiky - I need to remove and reconnect the chargin adapter several times to get a good connection.

Other big thing holding back this device is the Wear 2.0 update. Supposed to be out by the end of the month. I bought mine before Wear 2.0 launched, but if you were buying a new smartwatch today why would you go with one running 1.5 when 2.0 is released on other new watches? Not entirely ASUS fault, as this watch was supposed to be the first 2.0 watch until Google delayed it and gave them 1.5 instead, but it doesn't help their sales right now I'd figure.

posted on 15 May 2017, 21:30

11. audibot (Posts: 129; Member since: 26 Jan 2017)


its simple drop the price to 100 to 150 at the highest high high price for watches is stupid if i was going to pay 300 or more i would buy a real watch worth money not a sms watch

posted on 15 May 2017, 10:05 1

2. maherk (Posts: 4670; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


The Zenwatch 3 is a great watch, it just sucks that Asus had to go with that stupid band size, or else it would've been a major hit.

posted on 15 May 2017, 10:08

3. surethom (Posts: 886; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Bad design by them is to blame lugs are odd so not compatible with most bands on the market. Make it thinner would also help.

posted on 15 May 2017, 10:24

4. cmdacos (Posts: 494; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)


Meh. Android wear...

posted on 15 May 2017, 11:51

5. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 362; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)


I had a Samsung smart watch I bought off a friend used for $50, I wore it for a few months and broke the strap.

I really don't miss it, was a cool gadget to play around with, but absolutely not something I feel I need.

Currently don't know anyone who owns a smart watch, it's like they were a fad and are quickly vanishing.

posted on 15 May 2017, 12:52

6. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1111; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I wouldnt be surprised if it did. I had the ZenWatch 2 and my biggest problem was the connection to the app that it comes with. It wouldnt sync all the time which was an issue for me. Im still considering getting the ZenWatch 3, but the price is too high

posted on 15 May 2017, 13:20

7. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 588; Member since: 07 May 2014)


This is the best-looking smartwatch.. I love Samsung Gear S3 frontier too. but this one is classy

posted on 15 May 2017, 13:36

8. MartyK (Posts: 923; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


I have the first Zen watch square(wearing it now), I like that design better than the round one.
I hope they don't stop making their watch.

They need a better way of getting (ads) their products out to the public.

posted on 15 May 2017, 16:58 2

9. ECPirate37 (Posts: 219; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


I love my Huawei Watch and use it for a lot of things. If I hadn't gotten it, I would have gotten the Zen watch.

I can see why some don't appreciate smart watches but with android wear 2.0 I do so much without my phone now.

I can have my phone charging in the other room, and use my watch to continue chatting. Even though I have large hands I don't find the keyboard to cumbersome. Although I usually use voice to text.

I love the look behind app.

Also a fan of being able to translate from my wrist. Or being able to respond to texts in meetings without pulling out a phone.

Google maps is great for when I'm driving. Or even walking a neighborhood I haven't been to in NYC. That's more convenient than pulling out my my phone to look at directions.

I use it to set timers for laundry so I can be back at the machine when it is done.

The fitness tracking and phone calls are just a bonus.

Also, I keep my ringer off 99.99% of the time so it is great have my wrist vibrate.

I can understand that most people won't completely dive in to smart watches, but I think that those who get one and really customize it to their life will appreciate having one on their wrist. Honestly if my Huawei had a SIM card, I wouldn't carry my phone most days.

posted on 15 May 2017, 20:13

10. ibend (Posts: 6549; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


proprietary band connector, no NFC and no heart rate sensor...
it's cheaper than most android wear out there, but huawei watch, moto 360, or other smartwatch have more features, and only $50 more expensive than zenwatch

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