ASUS today unveiled their latest Android Wear offering, the ZenWatch 3. Aside from it’s incredibly bold in-your-face design, the ZenWatch 3 offers quite a few firsts for ASUS in the Smart Watch game, starting with the fact it’s ASUS’ first circular Android Wear Smart Watch, and secondly being that it’s the first one running the latest version of Android Wear 2.0 right out of the box.
Whilst we love the look of the dark grey and gold designs, the trio of side buttons are surprisingly large, almost too large, so hopefully that doesn’t cause any problems with the use of the Watch. Whilst we’re talking negatives, the ZenWatch 3 also does NOT have a Heart Rate monitor built in, so those looking for a Fitness Watch, will probably be best looking elsewhere, despite ASUS’ claim this can still track accurately with it’s built in step counter.
The ZenWatch 3 supports a decent 400 x 400 resolution display at 1.39 inch which is rather decent PPI for a Smart Watch, the display is also AMOLED so expect deep blacks and great colours.
As we touched on, the ZenWatch 3 features Android Wear 2.0, an update Google brag as the “biggest platform update yet”, so it’s good that you get that right out of the box, but being an Android Wear Smart Watch, you know it’s bound to have very similar specs to it’s fellow ones, such as 512MB of RAM, 4GB internal storage, but a quite beefy 341mAh battery which ASUS claim delivers 2 days of battery life.
One feature we do like about the ZenWatch 3 is charging the device! Whilst it may have awkward pins at the back, you won’t need it there for long, as the device uses HyperCharge technology, allowing you to get from 0% to 60% in just 15 minutes, which is insane.
Price wise, the ZenWatch 3 will cost €229, no other pricing was announced (it is IFA Germany after all)