The swanky Asus ZenWatch 3 smartwatch is nearly ready to go on sale, apparently.
Asus plans to start selling its flagship wearable in early November, according to Android Authority. The device will reportedly retail for $229 – that’s about £185 with a direct conversion. And even if the UK retail price is £229, it’s still cheaper than the new Apple Watch Series 2, which starts at £269.
The Asus ZenWatch 3 was announced back in September, but release details have been light. The smartwatch features a 1.39-inch circular AMOELD display with a 400 x 400 pixel resolution. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip, and features a 340Ah battery. It also has 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage,and IP67 waterproof certification. And the software is, unsurprisingly, Google’s Android Wear OS.
What’s great about the ZenWatch 3 is that it actually looks pretty ritzy. That’s largely thanks to its high-end 316L stainless steel body, and relatively chic leather straps. Here’s what Asus has to say:
Here are Wearable Editor Richard Easton’s first impressions from his hands-on time with the watch:
“Aside from its chunky build, I’m actually quite fond of the design of the Asus ZenWatch 3. The move to a circular design has been a success, and it looks far classier for it. The lack of a flat tyre interrupting the face is also great news. The shortcut buttons are intriguing and will prove to be very convenient. The ZenWatch 3 is competitively priced too, considering what you get. Asus has proved it can put out a decent budget Android Wear smartwatch with the ZenWatch 2, but it will be interesting to see if it can succeed with a more premium device at a still fairly low cost.”
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