IFA Berlin 2016 event has kickstarted today, and the first event’s product we’re covering is the Android Wear-powered smartwatch, brand-new Asus ZenWatch 3. The upgraded new ZenWatch doesn’t feature the standard design of its predecessors, but instead, it comes sporting a circular shape making it closer to a classic wristwatch and in addition adds a third button to Wear OS watches.
All was known about the ZenWatch 3 by far were some leaked renders and suggestions, but now the wearable is official, and its pricing is set to stand at Eur 229 ($255, but probably Asus will launch it for $250). Asus ZenWatch 3 will go up for sales in Germany and the US starting by this upcoming October.
The newest member of Asus wearable crew, ZenWatch 3 comes sporting a 1.39-inch circular AMOLED touchscreen display measuring 400 x 400 pixels in resolution and it’s protected by a curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panel on top. It measures just 9.95mm of thickness, and thanks to its 287 pixel-per-inch density, it has much to offer in the terms of display and user interface. As about user interface, the new Asus watch comes with a downloadable ZenWatch Manager app for your mobile device to enable you swapping through its 50 unique face skins. Alternatively, you can swap the ZenWatch face or create your own original display module using the FaceDesigner app for smartphones. Many of watch faces support different applicable widgets such as weather activity or call notification.
The new Asus ZenWatch comes running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 Wear processor (the latest Snapdragon processor for wearable devices) backed by 512MB and 4GB of built-in storage. The smartwatch supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 low energy, and comes with IP67 certification for water-resistant capabilities. This smart-wear is not sealed from the water. If you want a smart wristwatch that you can take with you to the pool, have a look at the waterproof smartwatch shopping guide. The third button featured on the watch allows you to launch your favorite app, by default it launches the pre-loaded ZenFit activity tracker.
An important addition to the ZenWatch line of wearables and for Android Wear smartwatches, in general, coming with the ZenWatch 3 is an expanded battery life. As the new ZenWatch comes naturally hi-powered thanks to its 340 mAh battery, it also comes with a secondary battery slot in the back for an addition of power of 200 mAh. New ZenWatch supports Quick Charge technology as well, the battery of the ZenWatch 3 requires only 25 minutes to be charged 100%.
Asus ZenWatch 3 even though runs on Google’s Android Wear operating system for wearable devices, except supporting interaction and data syncing with Android smartphones, it also supports iPhone devices. (good news for iPhone users). Asus claims that the new ZenWatch features the best activity tracking sensor featured on smartwatches by far which has 95% accuracy for counting steps.
What do you think about the newest member of the Asus ZenWatch line of smartwatches?