Asus is set to unveil its first curved smartwatch, called the Asus Zenwatch, tomorrow at IFA. Just ahead of the launch, CEO Jerry Shen has revealed that the device will cost less than $199 (approximately Rs 12,000) making it the cheapest smartwatch, yet. Also Read - Asus to reportedly put the lid on ZenWatch series, no ZenWatch 4 this year
Speaking to a Taiwanese newspaper, Shen let the price of Asus’s first smartwatch slip along with a few features that it might sport. The smartwatch will be available later this October and will be limited to US and a few other markets. Also Read - Asus ZenWatch successor with voice calling capabilities to launch in Q3, 2015: Report
The report also mentioned that the device will include voice control features-though clear information was not provided. The device is expected to come in one size and work independently of an Android phone. Being one of Google’s official Android Wear partners, the Zenwatch is expected to run on Google’s wearable operating system. Also Read - Asus ZenWatch shows Google's plans to allow manufacturers to customize Android Wear smartwatch UI
LG and Samsung have already unveiled their new smartwatches that they’re going to bring to IFA 2014. Sony’s new smartwatch and smartband were leaked earlier today, which it will unveil at its pre-IFA press conference tomorrow. Even Apple is rumored to launch the iWatch at its keynote on September 9.
The wearable battle has begun and Asus stands as the cheapest option so far. Asus has also released a teaser video and a few teaser sketches to get the buzz going.