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ASUS ZenWatch – Time-honored Tradition, Smart Innovation

ASUS ZenWatch – Time-honored Tradition, Smart Innovation

  The IFA 2014 Trade Show in Berlin seems to be the talk of the town, with various OEM’s coming with new devices. Samsung came up with their new flagship the Galaxy Note 4 and a first of its kind Galaxy Note Edge. Also in the smart watch department they unveiled their new Galaxy S smart watch. Now talking about smart watches, ASUS finally lifted the curtains on its very own smart watch the ASUS ZenWatch.  On the looks front, you can already tell from the picture above, its a classy looking watch. The body of the watch is metal and has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on it for extra protection. The straps are leather, giving it a very premium and sophisticated look. The 1.63 inch display on the watch is AMOLED having a resolution of 320×320, 278ppi. The smart watch is a new member of the Android wear family, so it basically has all the features, of a standard Android wear device. On top of that the ASUS ZenWatch has a couple of neat little features as well, for example you can unlock your phone straight from the watch. When a call is incoming you can just put your hand on the watch to silence the call (pretty helpful in most situations).  How many times have you put your phone in a place you cannot find, well now you can easily track your phone down with Tap Tap and Find my phone options in the watch. ASUS Remote Camera app lets you use, your watch’s display to control your smart phone’s camera, some pretty spy stuff there!! Lastly, the presentation controls in the watch act as a remote during your presentations or lecture. The ASUS ZenWatch also doubles up as a health monitor companion. A feature call Wellness Manager measures steps taken, calories burned, activity duration, heart rate, exercise intensity and relaxation level. So you wont have to wear a separate sport ever band again. Asus ZenWatch Tech Specs Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 1.2GHz CPU OS System: Android Wear Memory: 512MB RAM Storage: 4GB EMMC Display: AMOLED1.63″, 320×320, 278ppi touch display Cover Lens: 2.5D curved Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 Sensor: 9 Axis Sensor , ,Bio sensor Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 USB Port: Micro USB on Charging Cradle Audio: Built-in microphone Battery: Polymer 1.4Wh Water Resistance: IP55 Colors: Silver and rose gold color layering, Brown leather strap Size: 50.6 x 39.8 x 7.9-9.4mm Body Weight: 50g Strap Weight: 25g The device will be available for most markets by October and will be around 199 euro. Though the dollar conversion is yet to be seen, we’ll have to wait for it to release in...

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Samsung poised to unveil the first SIM-enabled Gear Solo Smartwatch at their Sept 3rd Unpacked event

Samsung poised to unveil the first SIM-enabled Gear Solo Smartwatch at their Sept 3rd Unpacked event

Following their recent major announcement regarding the launch of the GALAXY Note 4 at the second annual Unpacked event at IFA, Berlin, Samsung have yet another major surprise in store for us. Reports from a few reliable sources have suggested that the South Korean tech giants are also in-line to launch their very first SIM-enabled Smart watch called the “Gear Solo”. From the looks of things, this would be a standalone smart watch device that would NOT require a smartphone to transmit data as well as for the rest of the functions for the device to work as in the case with the current range of Gear devices already available in the market. The one major concern on our minds is the fact that without the use of a smartphone for transmitting data, the impact of cellular radios inside a smart watch could be quite significant. For starters, devices with 3G or 4G radios tend to be more expensive than their WiFi-only counterparts. Cellular radios also suck up a lot more battery than WiFi or Bluetooth so Samsung needs to take these things into consideration. Unfortunately that’s all the insights we have for you at the moment, but hopefully we might get to hear some more details while we head towards the Unpacked Event that is for the first time taking place at three different locations simultaneously so make sure you mark your calendars for the mega September 3rd event. Stick around for more...

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First look at HP’s upcoming Luxury Smart Watch

First look at HP’s upcoming Luxury Smart Watch

Smart watches are coming in abundance right now, but lets be honest except for the Moto 360 none have that elegance about them.  HP have took upon themselves to come up with a smart watch which gives provides all the neat little functions in tandem with the sophistication of any leading watch manufacturer. HP have joined hands with a company called Gilt and fashion designer Michael Bastian to design this magnificent time piece. The US Designer has said the design of the smart watch is from the inspiration of a luxury car dash board, its elegant and shows you at a quick glance whatever you require. Talking about specifics, the only thing we know so far is that the smart watch has a circular 44mm stainless steel case with three interchangeable straps. black rubber, brown rubber and an olive green nylon strap. There are also rumors of a limited Black Edition as well. The device will support BOTH Android and iOS and will come with its own companion app. The smart watch itself will be running on HP’s own operating system, but still no confirm news as yet.  Other than that no such news about memory, display or any internal specs have been brought to light as yet. The device is expected to arrive by fall 2014, but still everything has been kept hush hush by HP. So if you have been searching for a smart watch to buy, then maybe you should wait a bit longer for this beauty to get released. Be warned though, this may not be as cheap as its competitors in the market these days. If you get to hear any more news do let us know in our comments below, till then the only thing we can do is...

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Sony’s $100 SmartBand now available in the US

Sony’s $100 SmartBand now available in the US

  These days it seems like the trend from smart-watches is slowly shifting more towards smart wrist bands which can become your ideal companion whether you are sprinting, working out or if you simply want something that would not only look good and sleek on your wrists, but also at the same time have enough fire power to notify you with your usual day-to-day activities. Even though smart watches these days can be a little bit pricey, for those of you who  are looking for a cheaper alternative should consider going for this little helpful device by Sony. The Sony SmartBand can become your perfect everyday compatriot. Priced in at just $100, the SmartBand features motion and location sensors for your daily activity tracking, physical controls for all your media playback, LED-powered and vibration-driven notifications for alarms, calendar reminders, SMS messages, missed calls etc. All you need to do is simply sync the SmartBand with Sony’s Lifelog app  (the two can be paired using NFC) to give you a quick  look at all your workout data that automatically syncs over Bluetooth 4.0 LE. SmartBand consists of a removable core unit and the band will come in a number of colours. The band is waterproof and will have a 5-day battery life along with a premium looking Sony fastener button. As mentioned earlier, Lifelog isthe Android companion app for the SmartBand, which captures all of your physical, social and entertainment activities visually. The app keeps track of all your media content or how much you’ve been using social networks. Points will be awarded depending on how much you move and your lifestyle generally. You will also be able to set daily activity goals and try to beat your all-time best scores. For all our friends in the United States, the watch can easily be purchased from Sony’s official website for $100 and on doing so you would also be rewarded with 100 Sony Reward Points together with free shipping all over the...

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HTC rumored to launch its first smartwatch – The HTC One Wear [Rumors]

HTC rumored to launch its first smartwatch – The HTC One Wear [Rumors]

  Smart-watches have been the in-thing lately with every other OEM you can think about entering into the limelight. Samsung and Sony, were among the first ones to bring these wearable smart wares a couple of years ago followed by LG and recently by Motorola as well with the announcement of their much awaited Moto 360 smart watch scheduled to be released soon. Not the ones to be left behind, HTC have are also contemplating their viable options now and are planning to launch their very first smart watch sometime later this year. According to rumors from some of our reliable sources, the smart-watch would be called The HTC “One Wear” and is said to rival the elegant looking Moto 360 with a similar looking round design and would be available in both polycarbonate as well as in metal. Well for now, that’s all the news that we have got for you guys. Will keep you updated once we get hold on some leaked images of the device along with some further details so do stick...

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Samsung’s upcoming “Gear Solo”‘ could be a standalone SIM enabled smartwatch – [Rumors]

Samsung’s upcoming “Gear Solo”‘ could be a standalone SIM enabled smartwatch – [Rumors]

Following the successful launch of the Gear 2, Gear Neo and the Gear Fit, Samsung are now working on another device currently known as the Samsung Gear Solo. Rumors have already begun to surface out of the Korea Herald about Samsung’s next big entry in the smartwatch genre and by the looks of it this might just be the “Ultimate” Smart-watch yet. Now what is so great about this new watch you ask? Well if the rumors that we’ve heard are correct then the Solo would actually be the very first smart-watch to incorporate a SIM  card. From what we are contemplating, the Gear Solo could might just be a stand-alone device which could be used as a full fledged phone without the need of actually possessing a smartphone (which is the case with the current line of Samsung smart-watches). The wearable device will enable users to make and receive calls without syncing it with any smartphones. We’re still not sure whether these rumors are actually true or not but whatever the case maybe we’ll keep you guys updated on any further developments so do stick around for more....

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