Asus’ oft-teased ZenWatch has finally broken cover at IFA in Berlin. We’ve known for quite some time that the wearable didn’t feature a trendy circular watchface like its competitors but even still, Asus’ first smartwatch looks impressive.
It all starts with a 1.63-inch AMOLED touchscreen display operating at 320 x 320 embedded in a curved stainless steel chassis and coated with Gorilla Glass 3. Under the hood is the same 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC you’d find in the Samsung Gear Live, the LG G Watch and the LG G Watch R.
Elsewhere, we have 512MB of RAM, 4GB of onboard flash storage, Bluetooth 4.0, a microphone, bio sensor and a 1.4Wh battery. All of this comes with an IP55 rating so you won’t have to worry about the timepiece getting wet out in the rain.
Asus also throws in a genuine stitched-leather wrist strap with a quick-release clasp but you’re free to add your own 22mm band should you be so inclined.
The ZenWatch is powered by Android Wear although Asus has added some of its ZenUI elements into the mix. Some of the pre-loaded functionality includes “Tap Tap” which lets users toggle a pre-assigned function simply by double tapping the watchface. “Watch Unlock” allows the wearer to unlock their smartphone or tablet simply by touching the watchface while other features like “Remote Camera” and “Find My Phone” are self-explanatory.
Do note that you’ll need to install the ZenWatch Manager app on your mobile device to get the most out of the wearable.
I was unable to find official pricing from Asus although a couple of publications are citing a €199 (about $260) price point with availability scheduled within the next month or so. If true, that goes against CEO Jerry Shen’s promise that we’d see the ZenWatch debut under $200… or maybe he meant under 200 euros?