Asus to join the wrist race with Android Wear watch this fall according to rumors

At I/O, Google showcased three Android Wear smartwatch models from LG, Samsung, and Motorola, with the former two costing at least $199 and the latter's price is yet to be revealed until later this summer. Now, it looks like Asus is rumored to be entering the wrist race with an Android Wear watch of its own, but this time at a much more affordable price.

According to an undisclosed source to TechCrunch, it looks like Asus' entry into the category could cost as little as $99 or as much as $149. At the low end of the spectrum, the Asus watch would be priced at half of the $199 Samsung Gear Live and over fifty percent less than the $229 LG G Watch. Motorola's Moto 360 has not received any pricing information yet.

If the source is accurate, the Asus-made watch is expected to launch with an AMOLED screen in September.

Android Wear is Google's attempt to bring another screen into your life where your smartphone or tablet would serve as the hub of your mobile world. With Android Wear, you'll get notifications pushed to your wrist and you can perform quick tasks on the go with your voice, including Google search, so you don't need to pull out your phone.

Details are still scarce about the rumored Asus Android Wear attempt, but be sure to stay on top of Android Central's Android Wear coverage for more details as we learn about them.

Source: TechCrunch

 

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Sub-$150 Android Wear Asus smartwatch could land on wrists this fall

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No that's what I've been talking about since these devices became a topic of discussion. That is, the only way I, or I believe the masses, will buy smartwatches, is if they are priced between $100 & $150. Well done, ASUS. I tip my hat to you. I will be waiting for your watch (unless the others drop to fire sale prices before yours hits market--which they may).

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Please allow me to agree with you. The current price points are simply too damn high.

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Yeah me too, 160 quid is a bit much for something I'm not sure I'd enjoy using. This, I would buy.

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Just like the regular watch market there will be a few segments within the category. This one will obviously be low end just like Timex and Armitron are low end in the regular watch market. Some people love those while some people prefer Casio, then further up like Citizen or Seiko, then further up to the likes of Tag Heuer etc.

I for one like the higher tiers but there's definitely a market for low end as well.

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I hope ASUS makes theirs in the shape of a triangle, because circles are too square for me. ;)

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I hope ASUS makes theirs in the shape of a triangle, because circles are too square for me. ;)

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By the way, are we gonna need an "airplane mode" for all of these wearables? Are they going to be regulated by the airlines?

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I thought their notebook computers have historically had a pretty good reputation in the industry, no?

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True Dat! I've used their MB's building quite a few towers and never had an issue. Although I do know two people who bought complete systems from them and nothing but trouble.

From the Death Star using my LG G2

The computer component division is separate to the complete device division, you can certainly tell from the quality.

Acer as well maybe, but ASUS devices are pretty crap, the N7 2012 was terrible, the 2013 was better though.

Lol Ziggy, you're confusing Asus and Acer. It's okay, I used to do that all of the time too. This isn't sarcastic by the way, so don't read it that way.

Yeah, I hate it when companies pick names that are so similar to each other. I mix up Aldi and Audi all the time and they aren't even in the same business.

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Yup, same here. As for "Asus" and "Acer", once I saw that youtube video from Asus about how to properly pronounce their name, I never mix them up anymore, since they sound too different. Unfortunately, everyone here in the US pronounces their name wrong and it ends up very close to "Acer". "asus" is supposed to be like "ay-soos" I believe. That or "uh-soos". Now I need to find the video again.

I have a router, two monitors, and a motherboard made by Asus.
I've never had a problem with any of them both in quality and performance.

Yeah, I haven't bought one of their enthusiast mobos in a while cause of climbing prices (went with MSI last build) but I still use them for clients. Their software and UEFI BIOS stomps all over the rest. Their video card coolers are some of the best engineered too. Likewise, my ASUS router and my sister's 3 year old ASUS laptop have both been rock solid, their laptops carry pretty decent warranties btw. No complaints with my 2013 N7, my sister hasn't whined about anything on the 2012 N7 I gave her but then again, it was a gift. ;)

There has to be some minimum, though it'll be far less than what a phone requires. I wonder what could account for such a difference in price between this and and the other super-$199 price tags

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All the current ones use fairly high end processors and metal construction. A plastic model with a Mediatek processor could greatly reduce the cost.

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Yeah, processor architecture doesn't matter as much on a smart watch as it does on Smart Phones(stupid ARM apps that don't run on x86 >:[ )

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It seems with Android Wear it will come down to the type of screen / resolution, battery life and materials that are used. I believe that all of the base features are the same. Then there are the added features such as a heart rate monitor.

I was rather surprised that the 2 current units use such powerful CPUs. Does the LG really need a snapdragon 400? Wouldn't a 200 be fine for a low resolution device that needs to do little or no 3D rendering and only minimal real multitasking?

Is it just a case of overkill because they arent sure exactly what they will be used for yet?

I agree! I'm also concerned about the battery life. My sony smartwatch 2 can last for 2 to 3 days. I'm not looking to accept some watch with a lot less battery life.

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Any bets on how long it takes for this thing to fall apart? I'd give it 2 months tops, ASUS is the worst...

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