Asus’ first smartwatch is just ‘testing the waters’

May 8, 2014

Asus will launch its first smartwatch in Q3 however don’t hold your breath as the company is, figuratively at least, just dipping a toe in for the moment

Asus’ CEO Jerry Shen has confirmed that it will take on the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch with a smartwatch in Q3 2014 but has also admitted that the product will only be ‘testing the waters’ before the company starts devoting significant resources to it. Speaking during an earnings call the CEO admitted that whilst the company would be launching ‘some very good products’ with Google its sights were firmly set on more than simply building smartwatches.

Asus has built a reputation on building hybrid products like its Transformer range which blends the line between an Android tablet and a laptop, or the FonePad range of tablets which can also make calls. Whether you like the idea of using a 7-inch tablet as a phone or not, the idea of Asus branching out into the world of smartwatches is an exciting one, especially when you take into account the fact Asus still makes the Nexus 7, Google’s hugely successful 7-inch tablet. With the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch being the only two confirmed smartwatches running Android Wear all eyes will be on whether Asus will try and top the Moto 360 in terms of design or the G Watch in functionality.

by Hossam Ali
Hossam is a diehard fan of all technology. Besides covering news and writing articles for T3me.com, you can find him hunting down his next slice of authentic Italian Pizza, playing the Lute, or reading poetry.