Asus VivoWatch launches this month for $149, 10-day battery life and new OS (Kood) included

Asus VivoWatch launches this month for $149, 10-day battery life and new OS (Kood) included
Asus this week unveiled more details about the VivoWatch, a new wearable device that was first showcased in April. The watch will be available in Taiwan starting May, for around $149, and it's also going to be released in markets like the UK, France, and Germany (the US wasn't mentioned).

As initially reported, the VivoWatch can offer up to 10 days of battery life, and we now know why. While the battery is a 123 mAh one - thus smaller than a typical smartwatch battery - the device runs a new and pretty basic OS developed by Asus and called Kood, which is not as power hungry as Android Wear. Moreover, the VivoWatch is equipped with a 128 x 128 pixels black-and-white touchscreen display, and does not have a proper processor, using a microcontroller instead.

The VivoWatch can't run third-party apps, so it's not exactly a smartwatch. However, it does offer various health-related features, including heart rate sensor, a LED indicator that lets you know when you're "effectively burning calories", and something that Asus is calling Happiness Index: "an easy-to-understand rating of overall wellbeing based on your amount of exercise and sleep quality." The device is dust- and water-resistant, and can connect via Bluetooth to your PC or smartphone (Android handsets and iPhones are both supported).

So, is the Asus VivoWatch something that you'd buy and wear?




sources: Asus, FocusTaiwan, ePrice

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12 Comments

1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

it sucks.

11. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Do you actually own one sir?

12. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

let me rephrase it will probably be a terrible smartwatch that will most likely suck.

13. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

That's better, thank you.

2. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Garbage. Even Microsoft Band is are better than this.

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Not in everything. This looks very good and has battery life of 10 days, neither what M$ band does.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I get about 2-3 on mine. No big since it charges in like 30mins.

5. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I'm not sure where you are going with that comment but the Microsoft band is actually very good

3. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Fitbit is all the rage and this looks nicer, lasts longer,is water resistant, and does more for almost the same price. It's no Moto360 so don't get it if you want a true smart watch, but as a fitness trackers is way classier than anything else on the market.

6. villa1n

Posts: 1; Member since: May 01, 2015

Having a Surge, there is no way it gets even close to 10 day battery life... maybe 5 at best...Usually recharging by day 4 though to make sure it doesn't die on me. And the screen on zen watch much nicer that the dot matrix on the fitbit surge. Does the Zenwatch have its own GPS i think is the only question, and will the fitness app have the same level of tracking as in calories, etc for food, not sure, but from a hardware perspective, this looks pretty solid.

14. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Congrats Asus. That really make things much better.

15. Vanco3

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 30, 2015

Great as a fitness tracker for people who want 24/7 HR monitoring. If the HR works great when you are exercising/running it will be a very good fitness tracker but not a great smartwatch.

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