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The Android Wear device will be priced at €199

ASUS pulled the wraps off its new Android Wear-based ZenWatch today, and its specs should look instantly familiar to those that have been following first generation devices that were launched by Samsung and LG.
 
The ZenWatch comes with a 1.63” 320x320 curved display (Gorilla Glass 3), 4GB of internal storage, the same Qualcomm Snapdragon processor paired with 512MB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, bio sensors, and IP55 water/dust resistance. However, ASUS is trying to stand out from the crowd when it comes to looks thanks to a stylish, all-metal housing and tan leather band.
 
We don’t know if it’s the best looking Android Wear smartwatch as ASUS previously claimed, but it definitely doesn’t look as generic as the original LG G Watch.
 
ASUS is also looking to differentiate from the growing Android Wear market with some added software features that can be enabled when you install a companion ZenWatch Manager app on your smartphone or tablet. “Find My Phone” allows you to locate your smartphone by tapping on your watch face, “Watch Unlock” allows you to unlock your smartphone or tablet, and “Remote Camera” allows you to control your smartphones camera from your wrist.

 
“Our design philosophy is Start with People. We want to deliver a seamless digital experience for everyone to enjoy,” said ASUS’ Mitch Yang. “With our ZenWatch, you will always be connected to everything that matters in your life.”
 
ASUS hasn’t yet announced a U.S. release date for the ZenWatch, but we do know that it will be priced at €199 in Europe.

Source: ASUS



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Actually looks good
By atechfan on 9/3/2014 9:25:33 AM , Rating: 1
This is the first time I have seen an ad for a smartwatch that shows me why I would want to own one.




RE: Actually looks good
By daboom06 on 9/3/2014 10:36:40 AM , Rating: 2
the smartwatch thing is just now getting going mostly because when multiple high-profile and well-funded companies all work on the same idea at the same time the product gains the sum total of the newly fabricated public interest.

but the watches have to have video rate color reflective screens for me to buy one. transmissive screens are too hard to see in the sun.


RE: Actually looks good
By degobah77 on 9/3/2014 11:15:54 AM , Rating: 5
Reaping the benefit of a tech-addicted ADHD world. What's the next big thing? I dunno, make something up and we'll force create demand where there never was any! Just keep posting pictures and releasing specs and it'll work...


RE: Actually looks good
By Solandri on 9/3/2014 2:41:15 PM , Rating: 2
If you think about it, your personal computer used to sit on a desk. Then it shrank to the size of a briefcase. Then it fit on your lap. Then it became the size of a notebook you slide in your book bag.

Currently it's slightly bigger than a deck of cards and fits in your pocket. The next logical step is something small enough to strap to your wrist.

After that it'll fit in a ring or belt buckle (with wireless display that's integrated into glasses or rolled up into a pen-tube). After that, probably something small enough to implant under your skin. The only thing I see getting in the way of the PC continuing to shrink is the limits of the lithography used to make transistors. We seem to have hit a speed bump around 20nm and have been stuck there for a couple years. Intel managed to make the jump to 22nm, but other fabs are having trouble with it (part of the reason GPU development has stalled).


RE: Actually looks good
By Spuke on 9/3/2014 4:46:11 PM , Rating: 2
Damn, this looks better than the Moto360.


RE: Actually looks good
By Samus on 9/3/2014 6:04:12 PM , Rating: 2
The commercial is reminiscent of Apple's old iPhone commercials that showed you actual functions of the device. This ad is a little cornier and longer, but the premise is the same. At least it isn't trying to be something it isn't.


RE: Actually looks good
By degobah77 on 9/4/2014 11:39:08 AM , Rating: 1
I don't disagree with you at all, but these watch screens are way too small for me, and I don't wear watches. RSI/CTS prevents any type of restrictions around my wrists.

But you're right, I supposed we're all going to be wearing digital gauntlets in the future - medieval digital knights, screens all over our bodies, clothes, fashion accessories, all powered by different SOC implants. Just touch the back of your hand and you're connected to someone else with all the same shit hanging off of them.


RE: Actually looks good
By Moishe on 9/5/2014 3:00:38 PM , Rating: 2
If they can put the screen/viewer out of view, I'd consider it. I don't care which "accessory" does the work as long as I don't look like some steampunk hero with gadgets attached everywhere.

Maybe in a couple decades I'll be the old man shaking my fist at the youngsters who are covered in tech. I LOVE tech, but my personal style tends to be understated, so there has to be tech that does the job while staying out of sight.


RE: Actually looks good
By Moishe on 9/5/2014 2:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
I think they got the features right, and they add value... but it's too big for that female wrist. Even a bit much for the male model's wrist.


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