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IFA 2014 | Asus announces ZenWatch smartwatch

Asus ZenWatch smartwatch with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 512 MB of memory
Asus ZenWatch
This wearable runs Android Wear OS with a customized version of Asus' ZenUI interface on top and features a curved display and a leather strap with a quick-release clasp.

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After teasing it for weeks, Asus has finally unleashed their first smartwatch at this year's IFA 2014 show in Berlin. This Android Wear-powered device is called ZenWatch and is built using premium materials, including a semi-curved AMOLED display and a brown leather strap with quick-release clasp design. Its screen has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, while the whole smartwatch is IP55-certified for protection from water.

Asus ZenWatch has the following technical specs and features:

  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • Memory/Storage: 512 MB RAM; 4 GB eMMC internal storage
  • Display: 1.63-inch curved AMOLED touchscreen with 320X320 pixels and 278 ppi
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB on charging cradle
  • Sensors: 9-axis, biometric
  • Operating system: Android Wear
  • Battery: Polymer 1.4 Wh
  • Weight/Dimensions: 0.16 pounds; 1.99X1.56X0.31-0.37 inches

This wearable works together with any device loaded with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or later and can monitor a range of health-related values with Asus' Wellness app, but can also be used as a time manager or remote control to help with presentations/lectures.

Pricing and availability of the ZenWatch in the US have not been announced yet, but Asus revealed a price of 199 EUR in Europe, where it should hit the market next month.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-09- 8 (Update: 2014-09- 8)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
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.