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ASUS Teases Smartwatch Announcement for IFA on September 3

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With ASUS taking to Twitter and teasing an upcoming announcement with the quote, “Time has been transformed and we have changed,” first spoken by Khalil Gibran, it won’t be any surprise when the company unveils its Android Wear-powered smartwatch on September 3 at an IFA event in Berlin, Germany. 

ASUS was first announced as one of Google’s main partners for Android Wear, and since Motorola, LG, and Samsung have already shown off their ideas of what Android Wear should be, it is now ASUS’ turn.

The picture tweeted by ASUS does show a bit of an outline for a device, but definitely doesn’t give us too much detail. We can see that it will have a lighter-colored bezel, which could be a faux metal material, but more than likely plastic. ASUS has a history of producing good hardware, so we are looking forward to see what ASUS has in store for Android Wear.

It is going to be a busy September for Android Wear lovers, as LG is rumored to show off the G Watch 2, Motorola will release the Moto 360, and now ASUS will unveil their work. Busy month.

Via: @ASUS
  • Cael

    So its a square with rounded sides? Its a squircle basically?

    • CivilDroid

      Squircle…..LOL

  • Scott Smith

    Wow… it looks hideous with just a little tease. How awful will it look when they show us the whole thing?

  • ClickFire_

    I heard Asus said it would be significantly cheaper than the current Wear devices around $100-$150.

  • Not round?

    *insert comment about moto 360*

  • jimt

    I smell an apple suit in the air.

    • ClickFire_

      Over an iwatch that doesn’t exist?

      • jimt

        Apple owns the rectangle with rounded corners.

        • Andy

          Apple owns everything, even me, they just patented me an hour ago.

  • Bionichomer

    it looks square, no need to read any further…

  • Michael Bassett

    When people see this in store they’ll just do a 360 then walk away.. then buy a 360 because this thing is for squares.

    • Bryan Mills

      Again? You’re facing it when you do a 360.

    • ClickFire_

      This is the 2nd time someone has said this learn your degrees!

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      But you’re not getting a 360. Maybe 330-340 max.

    • Christopher Moore

      Change the first 360 to a 180. The way you have it the person is walking backwards with eyes on the back of his head

    • King Lo

      If you changed “walk” to “moonwalk” then you have an accurate assessment.

  • Bryan Mills

    Gonna have to RMA it 100 times before you get a working watch.

    • PoisonApple31

      It’ll give the unemployed something to do with their day.

      • Bryan Mills

        Weekend jobs are awesome. Too bad others can’t enjoy the fun.

        • PoisonApple31

          I bet. You can hit up those drink specials during the week.

          • Bryan Mills

            Sippin’ on a Vodka and OJ right now. Breakfast of champions.

    • http://teslacentral.com/ Tim

      Huh? Out of all my ASUS products I haven’t had to RMA any of them. You must be thinking of Dell.

  • Godzilla

    Its already out because of the square shape. 360 all the way!

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Frankly, I won’t buy because of the round shape. I don’t want my Grandpa’s Seiko watch circa 1950 design style.

      • ckeegan

        Yeah, this looks way more stylish.

        • FortitudineVincimus

          The 360 is a techie version of this… my grandpa wore this

          • ckeegan

            …and that is a classic timepiece. Seriously though, what’s the % of square vs circular watches overall, even in the current market? Clearly the higher is based on demand. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=images+of+watches

          • FortitudineVincimus

            1. This is no proof in any way, shape or form that any of this round versus square design is based on any demand info at all. Post up proof. I want to see where research was done to prove this terrible leap in logic: “Clearly the higher is based on demand”

            2. Nice effort trying to make a point that googling watch photos will reveal more round than square. Duh. The round watch has simply been around longer, way longer, so most images will be based on…. round watches. Another failed piece of logic to try to make a point.

            3. Just a piece of info on how to use Google… there is zero reason to Google “images of watches” when you can just google “watches” and click the images button which you have to do anyway. So nice fail on trying to punk me with LMGTFY.

            4. A classic timepiece? Are you kidding with your fake nostalgia? That Seiko, and most of them from that time, were pieces of junk.

          • sirmeili

            While I would consider this completely anecdotal, I happen to be at a department store looking at watches this past weekend (while the missus was shopping for clothes for one of the youngins). Most of the watches in the cases were round. Yes there were square/rectangle versions, but the majority were round. Perhaps this doesn’t prove that they are more popular, but I would have to make the assumption that if there are more versions of round watches, they would be the most popular. I could be wrong.

            It could also be that older people (who still might buy watches) prefer round watches, while those that are younger and won’t buy a regular watch would prefer a square/rectangle smart watch.

          • vzwuser76

            The point of the Moto360 is to have a smartwatch, that doesn’t look like a smartwatch. It has a retro design, but just because some older round face watches were junk, this will look junky? That’s some pretty fuzzy logic you have there. Most of the high end watches today also use a round face, does that mean that when people see it they will equate it with a cheap Seiko? In case you haven’t noticed, retro is in right now. Look at the Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger. A retro design helped jump start sales for the Mustang, and resurrect the Camaro and Challenger. Quite a few home audio equipment manufacturers are going with a classic/retro look. They’re upgrading the components to give the customer modern functionality and reliability in a classic design.

            I get you don’t like classic design of the 360, and that’s your opinion. But go to any tech blog and look at the buzz of all the smarwatches available. The Moto360 tops them all, and usually the only thing that has made people hesitant about it is the price, which many were fearing would be in the $300+ range. But the main thing it has going for it, is that it doesn’t even make anyone think it’s a smartwatch. And many people want a watch they can wear without being labelled a geek or nerd. When I got my first watch, I didn’t want a round face either. I wanted a digital watch, round faces were for old people. Now when I look at most square or rectangular faced watch, I equate it with kids and geeks, like the Casio calculator watch. When I’m at a formal function, I want something that looks like an adult would wear.

          • PoisonApple31

            Better not touch that screen then because everyone will know you are a geek/nerd.

          • vzwuser76

            There can be a difference between being a tech lover and being a nerd. Before Apple introduced the consumer smartphone that is the iPhone, if someone had a smartphone, everyone assumed you needed to be a businessman for it to be useful. Nowadays, when you see cheerleaders playing with their smart phones, would anyone assume they were hardcore business people? No, and that reillustrates the same point I previously made.

            The classic design of the Moto360, or any round smartwatch for that matter, doesn’t give you the vibe of someone using a calculator watch and wearing a pocket protector. It’s more like hiding tech in plain sight. Having something that looks like decidedly non tech, but having all of the tech features. IMO, it looks more like James Bond than Bill Bye the science guy.

          • PoisonApple31

            When you actually start to use it, people will know what it is – and most people will get that nerdy/geeky vibe from you. Especially since it is the Moto 360 you are talking about right now, which is the only circular Android Wear watch at this time – it will stand out. You are only fooling yourself.

          • vzwuser76

            The point about the iPhone was that it changed the way people look at tech. Nobody considers a smartphone to be restricted to business users anymore, because, while it was geared more towards the casual user, it also had more of a sleek design than smart phones had previously had. It looked like something that everyone would use, not just the business or tech crowd. By going with a classic design, the Moto360 achieves the same thing. And unless someone is completely enthralled with it, most will think the person is just fiddling with their watch. People did that before smartwatches were around.

            Either way, which looks more like it would go with a suit, a G watch or the 360? And yes I realize that currently the 360 is the only round faced watch, but the point is if they design a watch after a more formal timepiece, it will look more in line with a Rolex than a Casio.

          • ckeegan

            You’re right, I’m wrong. Clearly that’s why Rolex, Breitling, Tag, Bulova, Movado, etc, etc, etc offer so many square and rectangular watch faces. Obviously I didn’t mean the Seiko was a classic timepiece, but the design certainly is.

    • Maxim∑

      it looks slightly curved

      And the 360 is a circle with a nice black chord blocking the screen because Moto just couldn’t wait a little longer

      • sirmeili

        I think you underestimate the amount of work it would take to create a screen that has no display drivers anywhere on the screen (no bezel). I don’t think “a little longer” is something they could have done and released a phone this year, next year, or maybe even the year after that.

        • Maxim∑

          I just think it would have been better to have a full circular display with a very thin bezel all around in chrome or something compared to a black line cutting through your watch face.

          I’ve never used the 360 in real life yet so Im not sure how intrusive it really is..

          • sirmeili

            I’ve heard you never notice it. I plan on getting one regardless. It is not enough of a deterrent for me not to get the watch, especially if the price is at $250 as the best buy leak suggested (not holding my breath on that one though).

          • King Lo

            It can’t be everything to all people. In order to get a thin bezel they had to put the drivers somewhere. They could have place them around the watch but then you wouldn’t have a thin bezel. They could have made a thin bezel go completely around the watch, but then the watch would have been even thicker than it is.

            I sometimes think the readers on this site have no connection with reality.

  • Tony Byatt

    Adding curves to the square design…Not bad…

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Yep. A square or rectangle face just means more usable display size than a round face.

    • Godzilla

      every woman should add curves

  • FortitudineVincimus

    “Time has been transformed and we have changed” – huh? Does that even make sense?

    • PoisonApple31

      It means ASUS is now drinking decaffeinated coffee.

    • Godzilla

      Nero traveled back in time again.