Asus first Android Wear powered smartwatch to be called Asus ZenWatch, to cost below $199

Sunday, August 31, 2014

/ by Abhinaya
Last week, Taiwanese tech tycoon Asus posted a teaser image of its upcoming Android Wear smartwatch slated to be launched at the IFA 2014 tech show next week. Now, the firm has released a teaser video of the device, which reveals that the watch will be called as Asus ZenWatch. The teaser reveals that the first smartwatch from Asus will feature stainless steel frame and gorgeous curves.

Asus ZenWatch

More images through light on the genuine leather strap, smooth shell, sandblasted finish on the back and the look of the outer body. Furthermore, the firm’s CEO Jerry Shen revealed at a press meet in Taiwan that the Android Wear based ZenWatch will be retailing for a price tag below $199. It was also claimed by the executive that the smartwatch will be supporting voice recognition in English, while Chinese language is in the pipeline.

Interestingly, it was also tipped that the ZenWatch could be used as a standalone smartwatch or it can be paired with an Android smartphone. In addition, it was also announced that the ZenWatch will be hitting the retail shelves starting from October that is the same time frame we expect the LG G Watch R and Samsung Gear S to go on sale.

Asus ZenWatch

While this is the first Android Wear based smartwatch to be launched by Asus, LG has announced its second generation device – G Watch R. Furthermore, Samsung and Motorola have also come up with their offerings.

Back in March, when the Android Wear platform was announced, Google revealed that vendors such as Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung would be its partners and they will utilize the platform for their  smartwatches.

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