ASUS ZenWatch gets ready to land in the US

We may not have counted on it going in, but this week is proving to be a pretty substantial one for smartwatches, and Android Wear in particular. Just yesterday we saw the LG G Watch R go up for sale in Google’s Play Store, as well as Motorola introduce some new hardware options for its own Moto 360. Today we finish the week out with news of another Android Wear model going up for sale, as we learn about ASUS’s plans to start making its ZenWatch available in the US.

Last we checked in on the ZenWatch, we weren’t quite sure what to think about its retail debut. We still hadn’t seen confirmed US pricing, and rumors suggested that stocks would be so low to the point of the watch essentially being impossible to buy. A month later, those concerns seem like a distant memory, and today we get not just a confirmed price for the ZenWatch, but word of what sounds like some decent retail availability.

Best Buy is getting the ZenWatch first, with sales reported to begin this coming Sunday, November 9. At some point following that (we don’t yet have a specific date), the ZenWatch will join the rest of the Android Wear lineup in the Play Store, where it will retail for just under $200, matching the price of the Samsung Gear Live. That leaves Android Wear without a clear budget option, one that would undercut everyone else, but at least it gives us some additional choices at this $200 price point.

Source: TechCrunch

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