Asus ZenWatch coming to the U.S. this weekend for $199

The Asus ZenWatch is a beauty that won't break the bank. Photo: Asus.

The Asus ZenWatch is a beauty that won’t break the bank. Photo: Asus.

ZenWatch, the first Android Wear smartwatch from Asus, will go on sale in the U.S. this weekend, priced at $199. The device will be available initially from Best Buy, and then through Google Play.

The ZenWatch might be $50 cheaper than the Moto 360 and a full $100 cheaper than the new G Watch R, but it’s certainly not a budget Android Wear watch. Like high-end offerings it’s made out of metal and comes with a leather strap as standard, as well as a built-in bio sensor for measuring your heart rate.

On the inside, the ZenWatch is a lot like other Android Wear devices. It’s powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, and uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to your smartphone. It’s also water-resistant, and it has a 1.65-inch AMOLED display.

Apart from being more affordable than other high-end smartwatches, the ZenWatch is also the only premium device with a square face. Both the Moto 360 and the G Watch R are round, so if that’s not something you’re into — many believe Android Wear works better on square displays — then the ZenWatch could be an ideal alternative.

You’ll be able to get yours on Sunday, November 9, from Best Buy stores across the U.S. The device will also be popping up in Google Play at a later date, according to TechCrunch.