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Asus Posts Teaser Sketches of Smartwatch Ahead of IFA Unveiling

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Not to be outdone by Motorola and LG, Asus is continuing to tease its first foray into the wearable market. Ahead of its September 3 unveiling at IFA in Berlin, Asus on Facebook this morning posted two images of its prototypical smartwatch, a sort of rectangular device with rounded edges and what looks to be an interchangeable wristband.

Other than the unique shape, Asus has hinted that the smartwatch will use gesture controls and sports an AMOLED display. According to some reports, the company plans to attack the budget sector by pricing it quite competitively – the device will reportedly retail between $99 and $149.

For those of you who haven’t committed to buying a wearable, will the lower price point factor into your buying decision?

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  • John

    It’s quite ugly even based on the sketches.

  • Daistaar

    Looks like a curved display in the shape of a Palm Pre… No sale for me… That’s not what I believe a wristwatch should look like. Maybe an active watch but still too large a surface area from the sketches (in relation to the bands proportion-wise).

  • jamaall

    Sooooo how many watches next month? Motorola, Samsung, lg, Asus, am I missing any?

  • M3D1T8R

    Interesting..

  • https://twitter.com/paladaxar Paladaxar

    Hmm…gesture control on a smartwatch (attached to a wrist that’s always moving all over the place) sounds like a bad idea…

  • objektiv_one

    I’m on the fence about this one. Price is a big factor for me because the most use i would get out of a wear device would be to let me know when i should go answer a text, email etc…

  • mcdonsco

    Obligatory moto 360 comment…and no, the lower price will not get me onboard because the lower price is all but guaranteed to also mean lower quality too (though, in the name of competition, I hope I’m wrong).

    • PoisonApple31

      Lower quality hardware, yes, but its the same software. This low price point would actually reflect what Android Wear is worth at this point in time.

      • mcdonsco

        I’ve owned a pebble and android wear (g watch) and wear absolutely DESTROYS pebble. The only reason I returned the g watch was to wait for the 360 instead.

        Not sure what you’re talking about (hopefully not the piss poor excuse Samsung has had with gear).

        • PoisonApple31

          I own a G-Watch. Using Google Now and answering notifications is all you do with the platform at this point. $199/$230 to get into the game is ridiculous unless you are into tech.

          • mcdonsco

            Still not sure what your point is? All I WANT from a smart watch is viewing/answering notifications. For me, cameras, cell radios etc in them is just stupid. I want a simple, elegant way to keep my phone in my pocket that LOOKS great…Moto 360.

            Google Now is just an added bonus…it was pretty cool to get in my car to head to an appointment and look down at my watch and see navigation directions already up on the screen even though I didn’t initiate it (didn’t use it either as I have nav built-in in the car, but was kick ass none the less).

          • ClickFire_

            Most watches cost the same and many cost up to $1000+ and all they do is tell time so the added functionality is worth it also wear development is moving fast new apps almost every day for home automation and more useful cases.

            I think the problem is smartwatches are not meant to blow us away but be simple extension of our phone.

          • Kevin

            “most watches” arent going to be obsolete in 2-3 years. i’d wager that smart watches, on the other hand, wont be a useful device for potentially decades.

          • ClickFire_

            These all run the same software. and android wear is extremely simple code and development also specs are very low the g watch and others could easily last more than 2 or 3 years and still be supported. Just because its not useful to you doesn’t mean it isn’t to others.

          • Kevin

            technology will continue to improve and shrink. capabilities in 2 or 3 years will be much better and require better hardware, at least for the fun stuff to come. these first versions might still work, but they will be obsolete. all i’m saying is a straight comparison to a regular watch isn’t a good one.

          • ClickFire_

            Actually it is a good comparison if you wear a watch which I do. I like to wear g shocks which start at $99 but the really good ones are $250-$500 2 or 3 years use is plenty for me plus being a tech enthusiasts I would want a new one eventually anyways.

  • URABUS0924

    Not round, don’t care. :-)

  • Tony Byatt

    Man, next month is going to be ridiculous…

    • JoshGroff

      My wallet already hurts just thinking about it.

    • ClickFire_

      No kidding apple better be scared honestly their products are solid but with all the OEMS including Microsoft releasing new products and new software its going to be a crazy month. Samsung, Asus, lg, moto even Microsoft are releasing new phones and wearables as well as apples iPhone.

    • Miguel

      Just one thing to say…Brace yourselves….AW watches are coming left and right.