Asus announced today that the ZenWatch, the first wearable device from Asus, would be available in Singapore end of December. Just in time for Christmas shopping. Singapore would be one of the first few launch countries to receive the new ZenWatch. Pricing information was revealed in slides during Systems Country Manager Mr Alvin Huang presentation, with a price of S$299 or about US$230.
The price point would peg it to the more affordable range of Android smart watches, alongside the Sony Smartwatch 3, which is expected to be S$298 and the LG G Watch, currently available at S$269. The Moto 360 currently retails for US$249 (S$320) and the LG G Watch R is expected to be priced at US$325 (S$410). Right at the end of the spectrum, we have the Samsung Gear S, which retails for S$498.
Although it sports a more traditional rectangular display, the ZenWatch still looks rather exquisite. There’s an emphasis on quality and italian design on the watch to lend it a premium feel. The light brown leather adds a nice touch to differentiate from the more traditional colour scheme of other smart watches, and the curved front glass screen adds to the sophisticated design. It’s too bad that it would only be available end of the year, otherwise it could offer stiff competition to the Moto 360.
Asus shared that the ZenWatch would also have a number of exclusive Asus-design features such as automatic unlocking of phones, Find My Phones, muting of incoming calls with a quick cover of the ZenWatch, ability to function as a remote trigger for phone cameras, and offers fitness and hear rate tracking with the ZenUI Wellness app.
Specifications of the ZenWatch
- Processor – Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz
- 512MB Ram and 4GB EMMC
- AMOLED 1.63 320 x 320 Display
- 2.5D Curved Coring Gorilla GLass 3
- 9-axis sensor, bio-sensor
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Charges via charging cradle
- 1.4Wh Lithium Polymer Battery
- IP55 Water Resistance
- Silver and rose-gold coloured layers, with brown leather strap
- Body: 50g, Strap: 20g