Asus ZenWatch to be released in the US November 9th for $199

Asus ZenWatch to be released in the US November 9th for $199
The Android Wear device ecosystem is starting to fill out a bit. We're up to five different smartwatch models from four manufacturers and more overall choices once you take into account different finishes and watchband options. The next option on deck is the Asus ZenWatch, which we've gotten details on before, but now we know that it will officially go on sale November 9th in the US for $199.

The Asus ZenWatch is expected to stand out for a couple reasons. First, it has a rectangular display, but has a more rounded metal face, not unlike the Apple Watch. Additionally, this is the first Android Wear device that will be showing manufacturer customizations. Google had outlawed customization until now, but is starting to open up the platform to differentiation the same way that Android itself is. We don't know exactly what this will mean, although Asus has noted a couple things like ZenUI integration, and options to cover the watch display with your palm to silence an incoming call. 

The hardware itself is about what you would expect from an Android Wear device. The same innards as most of the rest - Snapdragon 400, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, and 1.63-inch 320x320 display. Although, it should be noted that the ZenWatch will have less water/dust protection than most and is only rated IP55, which means no immersion in water. Of course, there's only two days until release, so we'll get the full story soon enough.


source: TechCrunch

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12 Comments

1. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

Very Nice Looking... at a very nice price point. Here's hoping the battery life is around 2 days of rigorous use... which is realistically about all one can ask from a full color display smartwatch based upon today's technology.

10. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

WAAYYY better lookin than that piece of ShlT iwatch too!!!!! less $ as well

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Whao. Looks classy and that price is nice.

3. Cyberchum

Posts: 1093; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Now the big boys should go hide in shame.

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I think I am going to return my Moto 360 and get this. Even though Asus has horrible quality control. It's cheaper and my Moto 360 has terrible battery life so far.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Looks like a step forward for Android watches. Glad to hear Google has at least partially pulled their head out of their ass with respect to customizations. Android Wear is still pretty sterile, but it sounds like things are headed in a better direction.

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

This and G-Watch R are my current AW-favourites.

8. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Asus announced this before the iWatch and will be releasing it first. Anyone else thinks it fair to call out Apple for releasing an Asus clone?

11. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

YESSS!!!! and Thank you for bringing this to the talking sphere, kuz i didnt realize that till u said it!! Spread the Word!!!

9. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

A pretty solid offering. Pair this with my new MeMo Pad 7 and I'll be ASUS-tatic. :p ASUS-tatic, ecstatic? Anyone? ...I'll just show myself out, then.

12. orielwindow

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 23, 2010

Well?

13. orielwindow

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 23, 2010

hey PhoneArena! Can we have an update since there seems to be no info online about ordering it anywhere?????

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