Following the trend, Asus will release its Android compatible wearable this November 9th. The Smartwatch awarded with title “ZenWatch” is the Taiwanese electronics giant’ s first contribution to the Smartwatch industry and will be available at $199.
Asus at its pre-IFA 2014 event already provided a sneak peek of its new product. ZenWatch features a 1.6 inch Super AMOLED rectangular dispay with curved corners and a sleek stainless steel frame. The Taiwanese electronics giant says the product is inspired by the company’s user-centric ‘design thinking’ philosophy and is aimed at enabling users to be always be connected to everything.
The company also says that the Zenwatch will bring the luxury tradition of fine watchmaking to Android Wear. The device sports a stitched leather strap and quick release clasp. Powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, the smartwatch is compatible with devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or higher.
It has 4 GB of storage along with 512 MB of RAM. Other specifications include Bluetooth 4.0 and Micro-USB connectivity options, and comes with a built-in microphone. It has been given an IP55 water-resistant rating. It weighs 75 grams including strap, and measures 50.6×39.8×7.9-9.4mm.
The company says the ZenWatch will also serve as a ‘personal wellness manager’ when combined with the companion Asus ZenUI Wellness app – with statistics including steps taken, calories burned, activity duration, heart rate, exercise intensity and relaxation level. Asus is also touting the ability to instantly change watch faces, of which more than 100 are available.