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Asus ZenWatch to cost less than $199 USD

Asus ZenWatch smartwatch teaser in advance of IFA 2014 unveiling
Asus ZenWatch
Asustek's CEO has confirmed the company's first smartwatch will hit the US in October, loaded with Android Wear and featuring voice recognition.

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Asus ZenWatch has not been officially unveiled yet, but Asustek's CEO Jerry Shen confirmed a few key aspects concerning this upcoming smartwatch. The company also launched a short YouTube teaser that does not reveal much concerning the wearable's design but confirms once again the date it will be uncovered: 3 September, just ahead of the IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin.

The ZenWatch will be powered by Google's Android Wear system and will be cheaper than its competitors - Shen revealed it will only be available in one size and it will hit the market for less than $199 USD. This gadget can be used as a standalone watch, but it can also be paired with various Android smartphones, including Asus' own ZenFone lineup. While Shen told reporters this would enable additional features, he did not elaborate.

The smartwatch will reach the US market in October featuring English-enabled voice recognition. Support for Chinese language depends on the third-party developer working on it and "is expected to be released by the end of this year."

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-08-29 (Update: 2014-08-29)
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Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.