Asus announces ZenWatch 3
Asus’ latest take on Android wear features three dials and extremely fast charging ability.
One of the big caveats with Android Wear is that, because it’s essentially Google’s baby when it comes to the actual software, manufacturers can’t massively innovate because they don’t control that essential software layer. That doesn’t stop them from trying, however, as evidenced by Asus’ third entry in its ZenWatch series, aptly named the ZenWatch 3, which it has announced at the IFA trade show in Berlin.
Not only is it the third generation of ZenWatch, but it also features three dials for changing watch modes and accessing fitness apps. The ZenWatch 3 is built from 316L stainless steel, designed to be extremely scratch resistant, and it’s IP67 rated for water and dust resistance.
Underneath either a gunmetal, gold or silver body lies Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear processor specifically optimised for wearable devices. It will also feature what Asus is calling "HyperCharge", which sounds like something an 80s cartoon character would do, but is instead the ability to rapidly charge up to 60% in just 15 minutes on its supplied charger.
While it’s running Android Wear, Asus claims it will ship with over 50 different watch faces and the ability to customise your own if you wish. Android Wear is broadly expected to see a number of new models sporting the Snapdragon Wear processor, so Asus may well have quite a bit of competition on its hands relatively quickly.
Asus hasn’t announced Australian pricing or availability for the ZenWatch 3 just yet, but it’s expected to go on sale for 229 euro, which should equate to around $380 including GST.
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