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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 Monkey's Uncle on 6/30/2014 10:09:37 AM , Rating: 2
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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
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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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