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Asus ZenWatch to Launch in U.S. Best Buy Stores on Nov. 9

Asus first introduced the ZenWatch Android Wear smartwatch during the IFA trade show in Berlin this September. We already had a chance to bring you a ZenWatch hands-on, and now we’re back with fresh news on the wearable. The company announced recently that its ZenWatch, with its 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 rectangular display, will hit U.S. retail starting on Nov. 9 when it will be sold in Best Buy locations for $199.99.

The device will be joined by stiff competition in the U.S. where the LG G Watch, G Watch R, the Samsung Gear Live, the Moto 360 and the Sony SmartWatch 3 are all also being sold. Most Android Wear watches offer pretty similar software features, with major differences coming in the form of custom watchfaces and hardware design. The ZenWatch has a few other Asus-added software features, however, including apps for controlling presentations and using the ZenWatch as a remote camera finder, though you’ll just as easily find third-party apps for those functions for any other Android Wear device. While it has fitness-tracking capabilities and a heart-rate monitor, health nuts may be better served by the Sony SmartWatch 3, which is so far the only Android Wear device with its own built-in GPS chip.

According to TechCrunch, Asus also plans to sell the ZenWatch on Google Play, though a firm release for its availability there was not disclosed.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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