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Asus to launch sub $150 smart watch this year

Rumors by Luke Jones on Friday June 27, 2014.

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Asus has showed plenty of times that it can build affordable Android products that also exude a quality beyond their humble price tags. Of course, the Nexus 7 built with Google is the prime example of this. Now the Taiwanese company will throw itself into the wearable market by attempting to bring the smart watch to the masses, with an Android Wear device set to land later this year.

Where you stand on the smart watch depends on whether you think you need something on your wrist that tells you what's happening on your smartphone. Yours truly was hugely impressed by Android Wear, but there is no getting away from the fact that smart watches are merely extensions of your smartphone and bring nothing new to the party. So, whether to jump into the smart watch arena could come down to a question of cost.

At just over $200, neither the Samsung Gear Live nor the LG G Watch are outright expensive, but both have a price just the wrong side of being impulse buys. Asus thinks it has us covered and according to reports today the company will debut a smart watch later in the year that will cost between $99 and $149.

If the device is anything like the Nexus 7 then it will be highly functional but not much to look at, although Asus tends to put a smattering of good design on its own (non-Nexus) products, even the cheap ones. Of course, whether the price of the Asus smart watch is any good will depend on whether the device itself is any good, but we trust Asus more than most to blend affordable and usable.

source: TechCrunch

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