Asus Reveals ZenWatch: Smart Yet Traditional Watch
Apparently getting weary of just making phones and tablets, companies are now moving on to gadgets that can be carried around with you everywhere – and not just in your pocket. Armbands, ear wear, eye wear, belts, you name it, they got it. One wearable that is on the hotplate right now is the smart watch. We have Samsung with its Gear Series, and Apple all set to launch its iWatch in a few months, so we are not surprised to see Asus jumping to the smart watch bandwagon.
Asus unveiled its smart watch – the ZenWatch – at Berlin today, just before IFA 2014 in Berlin starting from the 5th of September. The teaser for the watch had been released already, and we are excited that the news came true before we knew it.
ZenWatch runs on Android Wear but offers us much much more than the standard Android Wear. Earlier this year, Asus had announced it was looking forward to build a watch that was on the same lines as Moto 360, Samsung and LG. So looking at the specs, the ZenWatch is similar to the companies it is looking itself to align with:
- 1.63-inc, curved 320×320 AMOLED display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz processor
- 512MB RAM
- Bluetooth 4.0
More features include:
Multiple Watch Faces
There are more than 100 different watch faces available, which include digital faces along with the conventional clock hands mimicked onto the interface.
You can now find your phone by double tapping on the watch, which will make the phone ring.
Constraint: The range is around 10 metres.
The ZenWatch has a heart rate monitor which can track the number of calories burned, intensity of exercise, steps taken and level of relaxation. Unlike Samsung’s Gear Watches, the sensor is placed on the front of the ZenWatch. You have to press your finger against the screen for 15 seconds to find out the heart beat rate.
Shutter for the camera
We all have had those moments of annoyance where you want to take a group selfie but you can’t fix everyone into the view because of your limited arm length. What would be more ideal than placing your phone a reasonable distance that captures everyone in its frame, without being restricted about who takes the picture? You now simply connect your watch with the phone, tap your watch and voila, picture taken without anyone’s assistance!
Moreover, when it’s Asus, we generally have come to expect class from its products. And ZenWatch does not fail to amuse us with its design. You might be imagining something belonging to the Jetson’s future era, but it’s the opposite – it’s like a traditional watch. It has a tan leather strap, curved glass cover, stainless steel case and… we love it.
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