Only yesterday we reported about Samsung’s unexpected move to release an Android Wear smartwatch, the Gear Live, and today we are back with more news from the smartwatch front. It appears that the LG – Motorola – Samsung trio will be joined by at least one more company this year. According to the latest report, Asus is prepping an Android Wear smartwatch for September release and the device is said to be priced between $99 – $150.
Asus Android Wear smartwatch to be cheap
The LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live are already available for pr-order and will start shipping in 10 days. Motorola’s Moto 360 will arrive later this summer and Asus’ watch could make an appearance in September.
Apparently, Asus didn’t want to “rush” the production and instead opted for later release date. Curiously, IFA will take place in Berlin in early September. While it may be a pure coincidence, the expected launch date which corresponds to a large event certainly adds a healthy dose of credibility to the report.
Asus is famous for offering decent electronics at affordable prices and its upcoming smartwatch will be yet another example of the company’s politics. According to sources familiar with Asus’ plans, the watch, codenamed Robin, will cost between $99 and $149 at launch. That’s way beyond G Watch and Gear Live prices with the former being sold for $199 and the latter offered for $229.
The question is whether lower price will reflect in lesser specs. It’s certainly a possibility, though we won’t know for sure until the device is released. The only thing we know at the moment is that the Robin could come with AMOLED display and thin profile, though is actually more of a rumor than confirmed information. Back in March Asus chairman Jonney Shih had suggested that his company was working on a watch that features a customizable gesture interface and voice-commands; however, it’s unclear whether he was referring to the Robin or another device.
A while ago smartwatches were a novelty, now the sector is getting more crowded. With LG, Samsung, Motorola and Asus on board, it leaves us with just a few companies to show off their contribution to Android Wear. That said, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if HTC announced it’s having a smartwatch in the works.