ASUS has officially let the cat out of the bag about the ASUS ZenWatch. You can see it in fully glory in the announcement trailer above, and immediately you’ll find that it’s one of the better looking Android Wear smart watches to be introduced yet.
The ASUS ZenWatch was seemingly crafted from machined metal and also has curved glass to cover a decent looking display. The real leather wrist straps also add to that premium feel ASUS is going for. The device isn’t doing much out of the ordinary that we haven’t seen on other Android Wear devices.
ASUS ZenWatch Specs
Wondering what makes the ZenWatch tick? Here’s a pretty comprehensive spec sheet that should tell you everything you want to know:
- Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 1.2GHz CPU
- OS System: Android Wear
- Memory: 512MB RAM
- Storage: 4GB EMMC
- Display: AMOLED1.63″, 320×320, 278ppi touch display
- Cover Lens: 2.5D curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
- Sensor: 9 Axis Sensor , ,Bio sensor
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
- USB Port: Micro USB on Charging Cradle
- Audio: Built-in microphone
- Battery: Polymer 1.4Wh
- Water Resistance: IP55
- Colors: Silver and rose gold color layering, Brown leather strap
- Size: 50.6 x 39.8 x 7.9-9.4mm
- Body Weight: 50g
- Strap Weight: 25g
There’s nothing quite out of the ordinary here. The IP55 rating does seem a little on the shy side compared to competing products but it should still be fine enough to weather some light elements of the earth.
ASUS ZenWatch Software and Features
The software is quite familiar to what we’ve been using on the first couple of Android Wear devices. ASUS does add on to Google’s software with a couple of useful functions for helping you find your phone and manage phone calls without having to take your phone out of your pocket (such as a gesture that silences an incoming call when covering the watch with your hand). You can also find a lost phone or even use the watch as a remote monitor for your phone’s camera, customize the onboard watch faces and control presentations right from your wrist.
Of course, ASUS is pushing the device’s health and wellness benefits heavily as they’ve added the “Wellness Manager.” It basically tracks your steps, distance walked/jogged, your heart rate, and calories burned. Sounds like all the standard goodness you can get from any health-oriented smart watch or smart band.
Pricing and availability
ASUS says the device will come in at 199 euro over in Europe, but there’s no word on whether or not that price will have similar digits in dollars. A recent report revealed ASUS was looking to come under $199 in the United States so we’ll have to see if they stick to their guns on that vision for the western world. The device is expected to go on sale at some point this October.
Anyone think this device outshines the Moto 360 in the looks department? Let us know in the comments below if this announcement just made your October watch purchasing decision a lot tougher.