Not every­one remem­bers, but the seg­ment of the so-called smart watch­es was born pre­cise­ly against the back­drop of rumors about an Apple project called iWatch. The Amer­i­can com­pa­ny has not intro­duced its own wear­able device, while com­peti­tors have suc­ceed­ed in this direc­tion. Sam­sung, LG, Motoro­la, Sony and even ASUS showed their new prod­ucts at the exhi­bi­tion IFA 2014. The debut of the lat­ter is espe­cial­ly inter­est­ing, because ASUS pro­duces quite a lot of inter­est­ing devices, but smart­watch­es have not yet been among them.

ASUS smart watch got a name Zen­Watch. The styl­ish design is com­ple­ment­ed by a slim steel case and a leather strap. There are no but­tons on the case, only a key for emer­gency sit­u­a­tions is locat­ed below, which will allow you to make a call to a pre-set num­ber. Most of the front of the device is occu­pied, of course, by a touch screen with a diag­o­nal 1.63 inch­es and res­o­lu­tion 320 x 320 pix­els, which is 278 pix­els per inch. The screen tech­nol­o­gy is AMOLED and the dis­play is pro­tect­ed by Goril­la Glass 3.

A spe­cial ver­sion acts as the oper­at­ing sys­tem of Zen­Watch Android for wear­able devices called Wear. Its per­for­mance is pro­vid­ed by a 1.2 GHz proces­sor Qual­comm Snap­drag­on 400, the amount of RAM is 512 MB, and the dri­ve is 4 GB. Since the gad­get is devoid of but­tons, all con­trol is car­ried out using voice com­mands. There are pre-installed ASUS appli­ca­tions, there is a suf­fi­cient num­ber of watch faces to use Zen­Watch for its intend­ed pur­pose. The smart watch com­mu­ni­cates with a mobile device using Blue­tooth 4.0.

The bat­tery capac­i­ty is quite at the lev­el of com­peti­tors — 1.4 Wh. The smart­watch is also water­proof (IP55). In gen­er­al, ASUS turned out to be a rather inter­est­ing device for the Zen line, which already has a lap­top, tablet and smart­phone. Smart watch­es Zen­Watch def­i­nite­ly do not spoil the pic­ture. The price will be about 199 euros and will depend on the region. [Engad­get]