BERLIN – The smartwatch is finally coming into its own as a desirable gadget, and few manufacturers want to miss out on their piece of the pie. ASUS cast its hat into the ring this morning with the ZenWatch: an Android Wear smartwatch with a luxurious appearance and a host of convenient features.
Tom's Guide had a chance to check out the watch firsthand, and it looks promising. The ZenWatch can look as elegant or as gaudy as you please thanks to a refined leather strap and a customizable watch face. ASUS showed off about a half-dozen different digital faces, from a traditional analog watch to a more futuristic time and weather display.
The company also highlighted a few of the watch's interesting features. Users can double-tap the watch's face to find their phones or cover the watch face to mute an incoming call. They can also use the ZenWatch to take remote pictures with their smartphones.
The device also has fairly robust specs, including 512 MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The screen is a 1.63-inch AMOLED model, and includes a heart rate monitor and features a nine axis accelerometer for tracking fitness. The ZenWatch will support both Android Wear software and ASUS ZenUI integration.
The ZenWatch has no set release date yet, but will retail for €199 ($262) with similar pricing upon its release in the United States. We will be watching closely as more information is released.