News by Luke Jones on Saturday November 08, 2014.
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This may well be the first Holiday Season where smartwatches really take hold, an ideal gift for the tech enthused for sure. ASUS wants a slice of that action with its ZenWatch, a wearable that was launched during IFA two months ago and surprised many by being a premium devices instead of a budget Android Wear product.However, with a solid construction and now standard Android Wear features, the ZenWatch is well priced against high end rivals such as the Motorola Moto 360 and LG G Watch R. The Taiwanese company has now revealed that the device is coming to the US on November 9th and will be priced at $200. Best Buy will be the first retailer to sell the ZenWatch, but it will likely come to other locations and then Google Play later.
There is a curved stainless steel body and rose leather strap that certainly gives the ZenWatch a touch of class that stops short of being a pastiche to normal timepieces. 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 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.
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