News by Luke Jones on Thursday June 25, 2015.
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With design being one of the only significant differentiating factors between Android Wear smartwatches, the ASUS ZenWatch was a winner. It was among the best looking wearables, but it has recently been replaced by the ZenWatch 2, which is great news if you have your eyes on the original model. That's because the Taiwanese company has decided to slash the price of its original device to a very appealing $149.99.Of course, as it has been replaced the original ZenWatch is likely to be discontinued when ASUS sells off the inventory, although the device still remains a solid option. It runs the same software as much of the other Android Wear smartwatches out there and is spec'd much the same too. On top of that, we also think that the original ZenWatch is better looking than the newly announced ZenWatch 2.
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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