Asus' ZenWatch costs $199, should be available now

— 6:00 AM on November 10, 2014

When Asus introduced its fancy curved smartwatch two months ago, there was talk of it costing as much as $260. According to a recent story by The Verge, the Asus ZenWatch is actually priced at $199—and it should be available now.

The Verge's story quotes a November 9 release date for the ZenWatch. The device is apparently meant to be a Best Buy exclusive for now, with availability through the Google Play store to follow "later." As I write this, though, the Best Buy listing doesn't seem to have gone up yet. (A search for "ZenWatch" brings up this thing, which doesn't quite look like the genuine article.)

The ZenWatch runs Android Wear and features a curved, Gorilla Glass-clad AMOLED display with a 1.63" diagonal and 320x320 resolution. Behind the display lurk a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 system-on-a-chip, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of flash storage, a nine-axis sensor, and a "bio sensor." The device weighs 75 g with the (apparently included) leather strap. Asus expects the battery life to be "around a day," in Pocket-lint's words.

At $199, the ZenWatch will be among the most affordable Android Wear devices out there. It may also be a fair bit cheaper than the Apple Watch, which TechRadar expects to cost $349 in its cheapest incarnation.

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