Saturday , August 19 2017

Asus ZenWatch to go on-sale at retail and on-line in April

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After showing up on Google Play on Friday, it was inevitable that we’d see the Asus ZenWatch available through more traditional channels. Today Asus has announced that the Asus ZenWatch, their first Android Wear watch, will sell for $289 – the same price it’s currently available for on Google Play – at Bing Lee and via the Asus online store in April.

Asus is pushing the craftsmanship angle of the ZenWatch, pointing out the attention to detail employed in manufacturing the watch. The ZenWatch is made of stainless-steel with a rose-gold coloured band inlaid between the layers of steel. The case curves gently to follow the natural curve of the wrist, which is made possible through the use of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 over the 1.63-inch AMOLED Display.

Each ZenWatch comes with an interchangeable 22mm stitched leather band with a unique clasp design. Asus has advised that while the initial watch will be supplied with a strap, there will be more options available through the Asus online store in the future. On the Asus US site, two colours are available for purchase: Dark Brown and Orange, for US$29.99 so you should probable see these available for around AU$40 when they finally arrive.

Internally, the spec on the Asus ZenWatch is fairly similar to other Android Wear watches, with Asus deciding to go with a heart-rate sensor to tie-in with their Wellness app – Asus’ fitness and health related app – that can be paired with the watch.

  • 1.63” AMOLED display (320×320)
  • 2.5D curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 4GB eMMC Flash memory
  • IP55 Water Resistance
  • 9 Axis Sensor/Bio sensor
  • Bluetooth V4.0
  • Polymer 1.4Wh Battery
  • Dimensions: 51 x 39.9 x 7.9 ~ 9.4 mm @ 50 g

There’s other companion apps available for the ZenWatch too like the Remote Camera app which lets you use the watch as a view finder and remote shutter – including adding a double flick wrist gesture – to capture shots. Also available is the ZenWatch Manager app which is used in addition to the standard Android Wear app to add more functionality such as remote presentation control, the ability to cover the watch face to reject calls and send a pre-defined SMS response, find my phone function and the ability to unlock your phone or tablet with the watch.

The watch will be available from April in Bing Lee and from the Asus online store, keep your eye out for launches of the additional ZenWatch bands in the future too.

 

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4 Comments on "Asus ZenWatch to go on-sale at retail and on-line in April"

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Luke Sleeman
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Luke Sleeman
I’ve got a Asus Zenwatch, Moto 360 and Pebble Steel. The Asus Zenwatch is by far the best Android Wear device available today. It fixes a lot of the problems the Moto 360 has – unlike the 360 the Zenwatch has an always on screen. The battery will last a full day. The microphone is better, so the voice recognition is more reliable. Its more responsive to touch. Its amazing that the Zenwatch hasn’t received more hype or demand. Its like everybody looked at the round 360 and said, “yep, thats what I want” without considering if its actually any… Read more »
Alex D
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Alex D

I reviewed the Zenwatch and Love it. Actually brought one and still think its one of best looking Android Wear smart watches around, even though its not round at all

chris
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chris
It’s ugly with a massive face and small screen. Well to me that is, everyone has different tastes. Amazing that it is $199 in the US and $100 more here. I am glad you like it Luke, nice to see but it isn’t right for me. I like the round watch, the 360 is still at 60% by 11PM for me and I don’t need it on all the time. Voice recognition has been fine for me and touch wise, no issue at all. I will stick to my 360 thanks. I think I will give this watch a couple… Read more »
JeniSkunk
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JeniSkunk

Chris, on current exchange rates, the US price of $199 USD becomes $258.64 AUD.
Add GST on top, $25.86 AUD.
Total, $284.50 AUD.
Not quite the $100 AUD price difference you were complaining about, either with GST, or without.

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