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ASUS looks to undercut its rivals in the Android Wear market

Is $199 (Samsung Gear Live) or $229 (LG G Watch) too rich for your blood when it comes to Android Wear-based smartwatches? Now it appears that ASUS is aiming quite a bit lower for its entry into own entry into the nascent market.
 
According to TechCrunch’s sources, ASUS is set to launch an AMOLED-equipped Android Wear smartwatch that will be priced between $99 and $149. With Motorola definitely looking trending the high end of the market with its much-lauded Moto 360 (estimated MSRP of $249), ASUS’ entry — at least at a $99 price point — just might be enough to trigger an impulse buy from consumers that have already bought into the Android ecosystem.

 
As you may have already known, Android Wear smartwatches require a smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher (check compatibility here) to function as anything other than a glorified watch. 

Source: TechCrunch



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RE: This will flop
By tonyswash on 6/30/2014 8:45:44 AM , Rating: 0
You know (and it really annoys you) and I know that Apple wearables will crush the clunky Android wearable crap. Apple is rarely first into a product category but when they do enter a new product category their initial products disrupt the established market and set the template that redefines the market. They did this with PCs, music players, smart phones and tablets. I expect them to do it with wearables. If ever there was a product category crying out for an Apple intervention it's wearables, everything in that category at the moment is just ugly, dysfunctional crap, it's ripe for disruption.


RE: This will flop
By retrospooty on 6/30/2014 9:02:26 AM , Rating: 2
OK, come back to Earth Tony. Apple doesn't deserve the pedestal you put them on. At least let them announce a product before you start the goo filled spin machine.


RE: This will flop
By chripuck on 6/30/2014 9:10:39 AM , Rating: 2
Except he's kind of right. Apple may not win the market share metric, but they'll be of the highest build quality and command a price premium that no one else can come close to.


RE: This will flop
By retrospooty on 6/30/2014 9:27:48 AM , Rating: 2
"and command a price premium"

That part is true. Somehow Apple manages to consistently come out with products that do a lot less and cost more to do less. Then they copy the features of the products that have better features and Apple fans "oooh and aaah" about it as if Apple did something amazing. They do have something there. More smoke and mirrors than actual good products IMO, but if buyers want to buy, go for it.


RE: This will flop
By Monkey's Uncle on 6/30/2014 10:09:37 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Apple is rarely first into a product category but when they do enter a new product category their initial products disrupt the established market and set the template that redefines the market. They did this with PCs, music players, smart phones and tablets.


True enough while Apple was still under the direction of Steve Jobs. They are not any more and with him gone so is their creative heart.

Problem then is that while Apple may put out a nifty paradigm changing idea, it ends up going out half-baked and stays that way while Apple's competitors take that paradigm shift, improve it and offer it on a far wider range of products than Apple ever could hope to match. Because of that Apple's competitors end up outstripping Apple's product sales by huge margins.

The only thing is that in this case, I think Apple will be playing catch-up, cause honestly this is going to be a tough act to follow.


RE: This will flop
By tonyswash on 6/30/2014 10:59:16 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Because of that Apple's competitors end up outstripping Apple's product sales by huge margins.


Minus the actual profit margins? Every PC and device OEM would die to have a business with a commercial profile like Apple's


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