The smartwatch market has seriously been heating up as of late. Just yesterday, wrist-wear staple Fossil just launched two devices poised to carve out a position in the US market. Not to be outdone, tech titan ASUS is launching their ZenWatch 3, a slick Android Wear device that interacts neatly with both Android and iOS devices.
The ZenWatch 3 picks up where it’s predecessors left off. It’s a round offering that’s built from solid 316L stainless steel, which gives it a luxurious heft and premium feel. This device neatly strides that balance between much-needed screen size and convenient wearability with it’s 1.39-inch AMOLED screen. ASUS is providing a number of strap choices, so whether you prefer leather or metal, you’ll be right at home.
Under the hood, the ZenWatch 3 is no slouch. It runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, and boasts the patented “HyperCharge” technology that lets it recharge with surprising speed.
Right now the ZenWatch 3 is available in three different skins: gunmetal, silver, and rose gold. Regardless of your aesthetic preferences, all of these are crafted with cold-forged steel, which is roughly 82 percent stronger than normal steel. This is a pretty important detail to take into consideration when it come to smartwatches, since they undergo quite a bit more wear and tear than smartphones.
The ZenWatch 3 is 9.95mm thick, which – although relatively low profile – is still fairly stout. It’s by no means a colossus on your wrist, but it makes an appearance.
What are your thoughts regarding the latest wearable offering from ASUS? Something you’d be interest in, or are you going to pass? Let us know in the comments below!Previously: ASUS says it’s “time for something incredible”… likely the Zenwatch 3