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Rumor: ASUS ZenWatch to Be Launched in Limited Numbers Starting November

October 7, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Last month’s IFA 2014 conference was a pretty busy time for a lot of big names in tech, particular those in the mobile business. We saw Samsung and Sony unleash their latest and greatest smartphones and while ASUS had some new Android tablets to show off, a lot of you were more interested in their first smartwatch. The ZenWatch was announced with a square display, which seems uninspiring when compared to the Moto 360, but the ZenWatch was certainly a classy device with a sophisticated look to it. When it was announced, ASUS were fairly tight-lipped about when it’d become available, but now there’s word the device could be launching in November, but in limited quantities.

VR-Zone is reporting that the ZenWatch is to go on sale starting November in Taiwan, but that it will only be available in very limited quantities. Of course, this is just a rumor right now, and VR-Zone might have their wires a little crossed here, but traditionally, ASUS do release their devices in Taiwan before they do anywhere else. Hopefully though, ASUS will be treating the ZenWatch a little different from their smartphone releases, as it’s obvious that a smartwatch that works with any Android device on the market would be more appealing to users than a smartphone designed for emerging markets.

What’s more interesting is that the ZenWatch itself has just gone up for pre-order over at Expansys in the UK for £159.99, decent pricing aside, it stands to reason that a global launch might not be too far away. With this being ASUS’ first entrance into the smartwatch arena though, it wouldn’t surprise us if the company was looking to test the waters with a gradual roll out rather than a full launch. With the G Watch R, Sony SmartWatch 3 launching soon as well, it looks like Google’s smartwatch platform is about to get a lot bigger.