Not as impatient or ambitious as Samsung, Asus decided to wait for Google to make the Android Wear platform available before bringing its own smartwatch to the market.
The ZenWatch has a 1.63" AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320px, resulting in 278ppi. Here's what the ZenWatch brings to the table.
The watch feels extremely nice on the wrist, we can tell Asus took their time manufacturing the watch to perfection. The strap is exchangeable and made out of leather. It feels really premium and above the majority of smartwatch straps we've seen thus far. The strap is also easy to release with a latch on either side of it.
The display looks every bit as good as those from Samsung's Super AMOLED Gear series of smartwatches. Viewing angles, typical AMOLED, are really wide and retain contrast even at extreme tilt.
The bottom of the Asus ZenWatch is stainless steel and has pins where the charging cradle would attach. The latter has a MicroUSB port for charging.
Android Wear looks really good but the unit we had wasn't much more than a demo version and we couldn't really interact with the OS. It will sync calls and notifications on your smartphone, count steps, find places for you and more. Given the ZenWatch has a built-in microphone it will be able to take calls.
The Asus ZenWatch costs €199 and is expected to arrive on shelves by the end of the year.
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