Asus ZenWatch: To Be The Cheapest Android Smartwatch Priced $199.

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Smart Wearables seems to be the next big thing in the market. More and more brands are either launching their smart wearables or have plans to make the announcement in the festive season. After Samsung and LG it is Asus which launched their smartwatch.

The Central New Agency, a Taiwanese newspaper, has the scoop on Asus’ first smartwatch called the ZenWatch and reports it will come to market for less than $199 (about £119, AU$212). Asus seems to be determined to make its mark by its aggressive pricing and great features.

Asus announced this smartwatch at IFA 2014 today on 3rd September. If the rumors are true this would make the ZenWatch extremely competitive with the Pebble Steel and LG G Watch and droves of other more expensive wearables. This smartwatch will hit the stores later this October. Even then the ZenWatch’s release will be limited to the US and a few other markets.

Features:

Asus ZenWatch will be slightly curved and with sleek side bezel. This smartwatch sport better voice control and will have additional controls than the ones that come pre-programmed into Android Wear. It is also rumored to be able to function in some capacity without pairing with a smartphone. Official teaser just gives a hint of looks but no specification and pricing is confirmed as yet.

Fine Watch Craftmanship

  • Exquisitely-crafted using premium materials
  • Sophisticated design enhanced by rose gold color layering
  • Genuine stitched-leather watchband and quick-release clasp design
  • 100+ combination watch face choices to fit your mood and personality
  • Vivid AMOLED display and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

Smart Companion

  • Seamless ASUS ZenUI integration and enhanced functionality
  • Automatically unlock your phone with ASUS ZenWatch
  • Tap Tap and Find My Phone helps you locate your phone instantly if misplaced
  • Simply cover ASUS ZenWatch with your hand to mute an incoming call
  • ASUS Remote Camera frees users to take photos from creative angles where the viewfinder would be difficult to see.
  • Presentation Control enables ZenWatch to be used as a remote control and time manager when giving a business presentation or lecture

Wellness manager

  • Monitor and track a range of health-related statistics with the ASUS Wellness app
  • Measures steps taken, calories burned, activity duration, heart rate, exercise intensity and relaxation level
  • View an easy-to-understand relaxation score based on relaxation-level measurements
Source: Asus