As planned, Asus pulled back the curtain on its first Android Wear smartwatch today. The ZenWatch now has its very own product page on Asus' website, complete with pictures and a detailed spec sheet.
You know what? This device doesn't look half bad. It's got a curved Gorilla Glass screen with the kind of bezel you might find on, you know, a real watch. The picture above doesn't really show it, but the strap is real leather with tasteful stitching. The result looks a heck of a lot more elegant than the first Android Wear specimens that launched in June.
Beneath its curved Gorilla Glass, the ZenWatch features a 1.63" AMOLED display with a 320x320 resolution, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of eMMC storage. The ZenWatch communicates with the outside world via Bluetooth 4.0 and Micro USB, and it includes a nine-axis sensor and a "bio sensor." All told, the watch weighs 75 g (or about 2.6 ounces), strap included.
Sadly, the rumors about about a price tag in the $100-149 range were way off the mark. TechCrunch says Asus plans to charge $260 for the ZenWatch. That actually seems pretty sensible, given that other Android Wear watches are priced upward of $199 and don't look nearly as good.
You can watch videos of the ZenWatch in action here and here. You can then ride your expensive motorcycle out to your rich girlfriend's downtown loft, since that's apparently what prospective ZenWatch users do.
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