Saturday, 8 November 2014

Asus ZenWatch Android Wear device launching in the US on November 9

Looks like the Android Wear device ecosystem is slowly and steadily picking up steam. Taiwanese tech giant Asus is now the latest in line to join the ranks of Motorola and LG to come out with its own in-house 'smart' device powered by Google's Android Wear OS. The Asus ZenWatch Android Wear device will be officially up for grabs in the US beginning November 9 at a price tag of $199. There is however no news yet regarding the device's global availability and pricing as of now.

Talking about the specification of the device, the Asus ZenWatch Android Wear device features a 1.63-inch display with a 320x320 pixels resolution. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor coupled with 512MB of RAM. It comes with 4GB of internal storage. A closer look indicates that the device has more or less similar innards as that of any general Android Wear device in the market.
With that said, the Android Wear device built by Asus manages to stand out of the crowd with a few distinctions here and there. The device features a rectangular display for starters. Further, Asus has customized the device according to its whims and fancies. It must be noted that until now Google had not permitted customizations with its Android Wear OS, meaning manufacturers could not tinker with the OS. However, with the ZenWatch Android Wear device, Asus becomes the first manufacturer to have been allowed to do so, with others likely to follow in the days to come. The exact customizations meted out by Asus are still unknown, however, the device could come with ZenUI integration and more.


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