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ASUS Announces Its Round and “Luxurious” ZenWatch 3

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IFA, the pre-Fall tech show that takes place in Germany each year, kicked off this morning to give many of your favorite companies a chance to show off their holiday product line-ups. One of the few that still uses IFA to announce entire roadmaps is ASUS and they didn’t disappoint this year by making the ZenWatch 3 official.

As expected, the ZenWatch 3 is a round smartwatch, unlike the first two ZenWatch entries. With this watch, ASUS is really focusing on design, noting in the press release that it was “meticulously fashioned from jewelry-grade 316L stainless steel,” a steel that is “cold-forged” and 82% stronger than conventional steel because ASUS wants this little guy to be able to “withstand the rigors of daily wear.”Β Asus says that you’ll also get choices of stitched Italian leather bands or “high-quality” rubber should you buy one.Β 

Outside of the unnecessary focus on steel, the watch sports a 1.39-inch round AMOLED display (400×400 resolution) that is protected by curved 2.5D Gorilla Glass. It runs the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, has 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi, 340mAh battery with quick-charge (0-60% in 15 minute) and an optional battery pack, has a 45mm case diameter, and is rated IP67. Yes, it runs Android Wear.

The watch does other watch things outside of looking sharp. It has 50 pre-loaded watch faces and a watch face designer, tracks activity, and will give you the full Android Wear notification experience. I don’t know that there is anything game-changing or all-that-new here, though. You still get 1-2 day battery life and an OS that has to yet to prove to us that we need a smartwatch. But hey, it’s pretty!

The ZenWatch will arrive in October, likely around $250.

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  • Jay Ward

    No NFC? No speaker? No care. No buy

  • Sporttster

    I don’t wear a watch but this is the best looking one I’ve seen! Sharp

  • Gasaraki

    It’s tough between this and the Gear S3. This I like in that this uses Android Wear, the Gear 3 I like the Samsung Pay thing but don’t like Tenzen

  • Ilya Kolodiychik

    I think it’s pretty nice but I’ll still with my 360 v2 for now, which BTW, is MUCH better than the v1 I had prior. So much faster.

    • Adrian Fishler

      I love mine too, and I agree…much snappier than my gen 1. Although I am surprised we didn’t get a gen 3 announcement today…

  • interstellarmind

    Looks good… BUT my next smartwatch (still rocking moto 360 OG) will need NFC and (at least) 3G.

  • shelooga

    cold forged.
    sounds like a coors light commercial

  • Antonio Stephens

    Heart Rate monitor? GPS? NFC?

    • atc-tech

      Speaker? Standard watch bands or proprietary or not changeable at all?

  • steveliv

    Still on 1st Gen Moto 360 that is still going strong… specs look good, but i think i have gotten used to the larger screen.

    • Erick

      good to know yours still works. I wondered about the longevity of a 360, as my 1st gen 360 died at 11 months. I didn’t care enough to get it sent back and bought a Zenwatch 2 instead.

  • Erick

    I’m curious to know if it will still have the speaker. Having an additional speakerphone on the watch has proven to be surprisingly useful at times.

  • Jonbo298

    Yikes. Those watch faces in the promo shots remind me of the days of people making (mostly ugly) Winamp skins.

  • UnreasonableExtremes

    I like the Zen Watch 2 more..

  • Michael Bassett

    3 huge buttons, gold ring around the inside middle (clashes with silver) and ugly band connectors. Drop the gold ring for a silver/black, remove the middle and bottom buttons and make the band connectors for quick release lugs.

  • compwagon

    I wonder if the optional battery pack will be made out of the same vapor as the exact same product (which was going to be named Chargeback) for the ZenWatch 2.

  • calculatorwatch

    Not bad at all! $250 is like a budget price among smartwatches, but that’s the only thing budget about it.

    I understand the Android Wear skepticism though. It’s still more fancy toy than useful accessory.

  • mcdonsco

    What dafuq is with the whole rose gold thing lately? Looks horrible. The others look decent though.

    • cwillen

      It’s cheaper than real gold (plated/painted scratches off over time) and it’s a move to appeal towards a female audience.

      Not saying I like it, just explaining the marketing/ops angle.

      • zachos

        Just to clear up some misinformation, rose gold IS real gold. It is a gold/copper alloy, similar to how white gold is an alloy of gold and a white metal (usually nickel). Pure gold (24 karat) is more yellowish than rose gold, and any colored gold (rose, white, etc) will not be pure gold. So, it’s cheaper than pure gold (by weight), but only because copper is cheaper than gold (less gold weight), not because it’s not real gold. It definitely isn’t plated and doesn’t scratch off over time. The “rose gold” on this watch, however, is likely just a plating and/or paint and will likely scratch off over time. Side note – I am a male and like the look of rose gold. πŸ™‚

  • Tim P

    No NFC payments..no buy, I’ll wait for Nexus watch.

    • mrc0mments

      I think now we might be talking Google Watch instead of Nexus πŸ˜‰

    • JT3

      Yeah, I seriously wish they’d just announce it already (assuming it’s real… which I really hope it is)! My OG Moto 360 is literally dying before my eyes. It rarely makes it more than a few hours before crapping out, making me find a charger to restart it. (It’s not the battery… it just… dies.) I seriously need a replacement, and I’m struggling to wait for the Google/Nexus offering.

    • Will Oren

      Is it really that difficult to reach into your pocket to pay with phone or conventional forms of payment? I would think that unless it could read from the side of the watch, it would be difficult to orient the watch in a way that would work with the reader. I get where buying ice cream or buying beverages at a concert would make this an appealing feature, but how many places like that would accept NFC Payments?

  • JC

    I really just don’t like the large buttons. I thought one button is plenty for something that is touch screen, after all.

  • Raven

    I hope you can get that dark colored one without that tacky gold ring, but I am afraid not.

  • Walter Partlo

    I want NFC and metal/exchangeable bands

  • drcaveman

    Was waiting to see what this was today, after seeing it I have decided to upgrade my Gen 1 Moto 360 to the Huwawei Watch

  • Insert “No Flat Tire” praise here.

  • Cael

    I wonder if it has NFC inside…

  • MI95SHO

    Hopefully in that video the battery indicator inst truly showing how quick your battery levels will be dropping vs the second/minute hand of the watch….

  • TypoCorrecto

    Man, this looks pretty clean.

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  • Suicide_Note
    • Mark2134

      Made on your Note 7 gif maker?

      • Suicide_Note

        I use a 6P, so, no. πŸ™‚

    • TechGuy22

      damn who’s that

      • ChrisI

        OP’s mom

      • Ralph Macchio

        A whore with a fat ass

  • TaekOne

    Man, this thing looks good. It would likely be my choice for a smartwatch if I were in the market for one.

  • JimmyHACK

    I’d upgrade from LG G Watch R to this one in an instant if Wear would get NFC going in their watches.