After teasing the arrival of its very first smartwatch, the ASUS ZenWatch wearable has been officially shown off today in Berlin. The Taiwanese manufacturer has paid close attention to the design of the smartwatch, making it one of the best looking wearables in the market. Unlike the Moto 360 or the LG G Watch R, the ASUS ZenWatch isn’t completely circular in shape, but features a conventional oval shaped display, which is seen on most wrist watches. The real winner with the smartwatch though is the price, which is expected to be just $199.
The ZenWatch is running on the ASUS ZenUI on top of Android and comes with a dedicated heart rate monitor as well as a “wellness manager” app to keep track of your health data. The strap supplied with the smartwatch is made of leather, which is a nice touch as well. There’s a 9-axis sensor on board too, rounding off very little that we know about the hardware. ASUS hasn’t mentioned when the smartwatch will be available for purchase, but it’s safe to assume that it will have it ready in the markets by October.
What do you think of the ASUS ZenWatch? Would you consider this a viable threat to the current crop of Android Wear smartwatches?