Asus enters smartwatch race with the ZenWatch

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ASUS is also getting into the wearables game, with the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer announcing that it will produce its very own smartwatch at its IFA press conference earlier today. Called the ASUS ZenWatch, it was produced in partnership with Google and will run Android Wear – a version of Android designed for wearable technologies.

According to ASUS, they put a lot of attention on making the design follow “the tradition of fine watchmaking”. It features a durable stainless-steel case with a rose-gold-coloured band, and features a 2.5-inch AMOLED display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The case and screen are curved for “increased comfort and a stylish look”.

Like other smartwatches, you can view incoming calls, messages and notifications from the phone. It will also keep track of your fitness with its in-built bio sensor, and will record stats such as steps taken and calories burned. As well, similar to a previous incarnation of the iPod nano, the ZenWatch will let you customise the watch face to match their style, mood or occasion.

However, when integrated with the ZenWatch Manager smartphone app, then it provides “enhanced integration” – such as providing Watch Unlock (quickly unlock your phone or tablet by touching the watch face) and Find My Phone. There will also be other integrations with other ASUS apps, such as Presentation Control with the ASUS Remote Link app.

The ZenWatch is compatible with all phones running Android 4.3 or higher. ASUS Australia has not confirmed Australian availability or pricing. We will update the post one we get that information.