News by Luke Jones on Monday October 13, 2014.
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ASUS surprised us at IFA with its ZenWatch wearable. The company's first ever smartwatch had been widely reported to be a budget take on the Android Wear ecosystem, but instead it arrived as a premium device. Sure, it has the same specs we have become used to on Google's platform, but the ZenWatch launched with high end materials and a price tag to match.ASUS said the device will retail for $260 (which is more than the Moto 360), but it seems even if you want to pay that much for the ZenWatch you may find it tough. The Taiwanese company has said that the ZenWatch will only be available in limited numbers and for the time being will only be arriving in the company's homeland. That means initially at least the ZenWatch will be available in Taiwan, but only 300 units will be made, which for the time being makes this a very exclusive piece of kit. The company has decided not to offer a reason for this tactic, while ASUS is also keeping quiet about further releases around the world and general availability moving forward. As for what you get if you can manage to pick up a ZenWatch, the screen is covered in 2.5mm Gorilla Glass and that 22mm strap can be swapped and changed as is the norm for smartwatches these days. In terms of specs, the ZenWatch is not reinventing the Android Wear wheel here, arriving with much the same hardware we have come to expect. That includes a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 AMOLED touchscreen, and waterproofing at an IP65 level. ASUS has attempted to stand out from the crowd with a number of software features, and these really are the main attraction to the ZenWatch. "Tap" lets a user utilize a previously set function by tapping the screen twice, while other such as "Cover to Mute," "Find My Phone," "Remote Camera" and "Presentation Control" speak for themselves. These features and the device as a whole is linked with a smartphone through the ZenWatch Manager phone app that will be available on Google Play, while you will also have to get Remote Camera app and the ASUS Remote Link app to get the most from the device. source: SmarterWatching
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