Asus just unveiled its very first smartwatch, the Asus ZenWatch, ahead of the annual IFA technology show in Berlin. The Android Wear powered smartwatch, as expected, is priced at $199 (approx Rs 12,000) making it the cheapest one in the market so far. Also Read - Asus ZenWatch successor with voice calling capabilities to launch in Q3, 2015: ReportAlso Read - Asus ZenWatch shows Google's plans to allow manufacturers to customize Android Wear smartwatch UI
The smartwatch has a rectangular dial (made of steel) with a brown leather belt that gives the smartwatch a rich and elegant feel. It has a curved-display with a quick-release steel clasp. There are more than 100 different watch faces to choose from, including a range of digital faces and those which imitate the hands of a mechanical watch.
As far as specs go, the ZenWatch features a 1.63-inch curved AMOLED display with 320 320 pixel resolution. The device is powered by 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor paired with 512MB RAM. It has 4GB of storage and provides connectivity via Bluetooth 4.0. The smartwatch is waterproof with IP55 rating and has a bio sensor which can measure your heart rate. The Asus ZenWatch has an in-built microphone and has no physical buttons except for one emergency button at the back, that lets you go back to the home screen in case the automatic controls aren’t working. Asus claims that the battery would last for a day, which is a bummer.
The Asus ZenWatch has a customized interface called Zen UI, which is unusual as last heard Google had barred smartwatch makers from adding their own custom skin on top of Android Wear. The smartwatch has features like automatic phone unlock and Find My Phone to help locate a misplaced phone. It also has a very unique Tap Tap feature that makes the phone ring if you tap on the screen twice. It can also mute an incoming call if you cover the smartwatch with your hands and can also be used as remote control or a time manager. Another feature of the watch is how it can be used as a remote view finder and a shutter button for the camera of your phone. This feature can be used if you want to take a group photo without holding your phone up at arm’s length. Just prop it up against something, tap your watch, and the photo is taken.
It also comes with a Wellness app that counts the number of steps you walked, the amount of calories you burnt, your activity duration, measures your heart rate and exercise intensity. It also measure your relaxation level and keeps a score on the amount of time you have spent resting.
The smartwatch will give tough competition the LG G Watch that retails for Rs 14,999 and the Samsung Gear Live that is priced at Rs 15,900. The favorite Moto 360 is also set to launch tomorrow, and is rumored to be launched for $249.99 (approximately Rs 15,200). It is not clear whether Asus will launch the ZenWatch in India or not.