ZenWatch Arrives – Asus launches its first smartwatch at IFA 2014

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sus has revealed its first Android Wear smartwatch, it would back at Google I/O in June.

The Asus ZenWatch offers a slightly different take on the design of an Android Wearable, and features some pre-loaded software and gesture controls that also set it apart from similar devices like the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live.

Unlike other Android Wear smartwatches unveiled and launched thus far, the Asus ZenWatch features a rectangular display with curved corners. Asus says the final product was inspired by the company’s user-centric ‘design thinking’ philosophy, and is aimed at enabling users to be “always be connected to everything.”

The ZenWatch features a sandwich-like design with a rose gold-colored middle layer and stainless steel top and bottom, with a brushed surface around the face.

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Specifications of the Asus ZenWatch include a 1.63-inch AMOLED display with a 320×320 pixel resolution, translating to a pixel density of 278ppi. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, coupled with 512MB of RAM. It features 4GB of built-in storage, and a 1.4Wh battery.

The ZenWatch has Bluetooth 4.0 and Micro-USB (via charging cradle) connectivity options, and comes with a built-in microphone. It has been given an IP55 water-resistant rating. It weighs 75 grams including strap, and measures 50.6×39.8×7.9-9.4mm.

There’s a heart rate sensor on the underside, and it uses standard user-replaceable 22mm watchbands. IP55 water and dust-proofing should help it fend off accidental splashes and rain, and it has a 9-axis sensor for tracking activity and movement.

asus zenwatch price[quote align=”right” color=”#999999″]Priced at 199 euros (about Rs 16,000), the ZenWatch seems to have dashed the hopes of tech enthusiasts who were expecting a budget Android Wear smartwatch.[/quote]

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Users can reject or mute a call with the watch. Its remote camera feature lets you control your phone’s camera. The companion Asus ZenUI Wellness app lets users monitor and track a range of wellness statistics including steps taken, calories burned, activity duration, heart rate, exercise intensity and relaxation level.

The ZenWatch will compete with the Moto 360, LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. The smartwatch is expected to come to India by the end of this year.

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