The Asus ZenWatch is official, and it’s rocking Android Wear.
The device, which features a rectangular watch face, runs the Android Wear OS with the ZenUI skin, as seen on many Asus portable devices. The ZenUI gives users features such as, “Watch Unlock,” “Find my Phone,” and a wellness manager, in addition to all the features available through the Android Wear OS. In order to use these additional features, users will need to install the ZenWatch Manager application on their smartphone, as well as the Android Wear app.
A 1.63-inch piece of 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3, housed in a steel casing, makes up the watch’s face, which features a 320 x 320 AMOLED display. Internally, the device runs on a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC processor with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. A 1.4 Wh battery provides over a day’s worth of life, according to Asus. Bluetooth 4.0 connects the watch to a user’s smartphone while a bio sensor provides the necessary data for the wellness manager.
The ZenWatch seems a lot like the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. The device also come equipped with a microphone and an IP55 rating, certifying the device as waterproof.
The ZenWatch will retail for $260 and should be available sometime in late Q3 or early Q4.