The Asus ZenWatch 3 is here: slim and stylish design, round display

The Asus ZenWatch 3 is here: slim and stylish design, round display
A few minutes ago at IFA 2016 in Berlin, the Asus ZenWatch 3 became official. As previous rumors and leaks have suggested, the ZenWatch 3 is the Asus smartwatch to feature a round display.

Right of the bat, the most notable thing about the Asus ZenWatch 3, at least when comparing the new smartwatch to its predecessors, is the inclusion of a round display. Previous ZenWatches used a square-like form with rounded corners. This time around, however, the pebble form factor has been replaced by a more stylish design that’s inspired by the look of traditional analog timepieces. Adding to this feel are the crown and the two supersized buttons located on the right side of the watch.

The display is a 1.39 AMOLED display running at 400 by 400 pixels (circular), which is good enough for a PPI of 287. Protecting the screen is a layer of curved Corning Gorilla Glass.

The ZenWatch 3 is made from 316L stainless steel and available in three colors: Gunmetal, Silver, and Rose Gold. All three color variants come with a rose-gold bezel. From where we’re standing, adding a touch of rose cold to all ZenWatch 3 color options is a bit of a risky decision on the manufacturer’s part; while some love gold-colored watches, there are many watch users who wouldn’t be caught dead with a gold-colored wrist piece. 

The entire body of the ZenWatch 3 is less than 10mm thick (9.95mm to be precise), which is on the thin side for a smartwatch.


In terms of straps, customers get to choose between stitched Italian leather or rubber, both of which are available in either dark brown or beige. 

On the software side, the ZenWatch 3 is set to run Android Wear 2.0 and comes preloaded with more than 50 watch faces. Also, the first round smartwatch from Asus comes with a new and improved ZenFit activity tracking app, one that will automatically count steps throughout the day and launch inactivity reminders. Asus says that the new ZenFit activity tracking provides 95% accuracy.

On the inside beats the heart of a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, a chip that’s specifically designed for smartwatches. The wearable also comes with with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of integrated storage, just like most modern Android Wear smartwatches.

The new ZenWatch comes with a 340mAh battery, which is pretty standard for a watch this size. The ZenWatch 3 supports the Asus Hypercharge technology, which is touted to charge the wearable from 0% to 60% in just 15 minutes. Charging is done via a magnetically attached charging connector. 
 
In Europe, the Asus ZenWatch 3 will cost 229 EUR when it launches later this year. Unfortunately, Asus did not disclose any specific release date timeframe, but we’ll get back to you as soon as this information is available. 

What do you guys think of the new ZenWatch 3?

source: Asus

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13 Comments

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Can't wait to try out the new processor alongside Android Wear 2.0... It looks like they took away the choice changing out the watch bands...

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7517; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The new Fossils that were released in North America just yesterday also come with the same Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, and there is two sizes as well as multiple colors.

11. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Nice!

2. peace247 unregistered

Now that's a watch to watch out for. it looks beautiful.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

nice design and nice color option...

10. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

The rose gold accent is a no-go for me.

5. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Waiting others smartwatch (except iWatch) first... I would buy this if others can't beat this.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7517; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The new ones that are coming out seem to be using Qualcomms new SD wear 2100 processor. The new Fossils are using it. The new and upcoming Moto 360, Huawei watch, and others are suppose to be using the same processor. I just wish one of them would include 16gb of storage on their smart watches. That would hold a lot of music and different playlists, plus podcasts. Also with that amount of storage, you could setup up a nice little Apache server on a watch. I am kidding of the Apache server even though you could run a server on a watch, because they have WiFi as well.

13. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

True. But I am still figure out which smartwatch will become great match with my upcoming new Google phone.

6. surethom

Posts: 1729; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I like the 9.5mm thickness but what is the screen size? 40mm/42mm???? I dont like the lug straps looks like they are not as interchangeable as other smartwatches?

7. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

1.39 inches is the screen size

8. surethom

Posts: 1729; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I think the 1.39"/3.5cm is the touchscreen size. Just found the dimensions 45 x 45 x 9.95 ~ 10.75 mm. 45mm overall watch screen size What that is massive, why not 2 sizes one closer to 40mm, such a shame.

12. JnCrls unregistered

1.39 display + 400x400 resolution =406.97 ppi

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