Asus has announced a new Android Wear smartwatch, Dubbed the ZenWatch 3. It is the maturest timepiece from the company yet. The first thing you will notice is that ASUS has dropped the squircle design that the first two watches have, opting for the ever-popular round display. It is not just about cosmetic appeal (though there is plenty of that going on). The new ZenWatch 3 has solid fitness credentials — claiming some of the highest accuracy on the market — and there are some important power saving features that aim to solve one of the biggest anxieties faced by smartwatch owners — battery drain.
The ZenWatch 3 is crafted from jewelry-grade 316L stainless steel and is just a hair under 10 mm thick, which is rather thin for modern smartwatches. Its round display is accented by a rose gold ring around the circumference on all three — gunmetal, silver and rose gold — colors of the watch, along with two buttons and a crown button on the right side that really stand out but are functional as well. The body is also IP67 water resistant, which pairs nicely with its fitness tracking capabilities from built-in ZenFit software.
One of the biggest parts of the internal hardware story is the Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. This is the first watch with the new wearable-focused chip, which is a big step beyond the old Snapdragon 400 that was being used in almost every other Android Wear watch.
The ZenWatch 3 will be available later this year for $230.