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Asus will be next to enter the Android Wear smartwatch arena

Firm to unveil debut wearable on 3 September
Wed Aug 20 2014, 11:44

Asus will launch an Android Wear smartwatch at IFA 2014TAIWANESE HARDWARE MAKER Asus likely will be the next to enter the Android Wear arena, having teased its debut smartwatch ahead of its unveiling at next month's IFA conference.

Asus' plan to launch a smartwatch doesn't come as too much of a surprise, as Google named the Taiwanese firm as a launch partner when it unveiled Android Wear.

However, we have now caught our first glimpse of the device. Alongside the caption, "Time has been transformed and we have changed," Asus teased a silhouette of its upcoming smartwatch on Twitter, a device that seemingly will feature a square design similar to that of the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch, rather than a circular display like the Moto 360.

The teaser also said that the wearable device will make its debut pre-IFA, at a press conference on 3 September.

Beyond its square design and Android Wear software, not much else is known about Asus' debut smartwatch. However, the firm's CEO Gerry Shen previously said that the the company's first wearable will be aimed at "budget-conscious users" with its "relatively low price".

It's not clear how much cheaper the Asus smartwatch will be than its competitors. Presently, the LG G Watch is available for £159, while Samsung's Gear Live is priced at £169.

Asus likely won't be the only firm to debut a smartwatch at IFA next month, with speculation suggesting that Samsung and Sony could both be gearing up to add to their respective wearables offerings.

The INQUIRER will be at Asus' press conference on 3 September, so check back then for all the details. µ


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