NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Once you get past the the fact that most smartwatches perform the same exact functions you begin to realize that your choice comes down to what the device looks like. The new Asus ZenWatch is big, bold and beautiful and closer to looking like real jewelry than any other Google (GOOG) Android Wear device to date.
You can't really be sure from looking at the photos, but the watch makes a definite fashion statement when viewed in person. The ZenWatch is big, potentially too big for a small wrist. It measures 2 by 1.6 by approximately one-third of an inch. The watch weighs 1.76 ounces and the Italian leather band weighs exactly half as much.
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Unlike most other smartwatches we've tried, the band is made of leather not plastic or ugly base metal covered with a thin coating of paint which looks like metal, something a few regular watches on the market today are guilty of. ZenWatch closes with what watchmakers call a deployant clasp - a real metal mechanism which folds under the strap. It's a welcomed luxury touch for a 2014 computer timepiece. The strap measures a standard 22mm which means it can easily be replaced with bands from other sources.
Inside, ZenWatch depends on a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm (QCOM) Snapdragon 400 processor mated to 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of flash storage. The 1.63-inch AMOLED touchscreen display delivers 320 by 320 pixels for a density of 278 pixels-per-inch. It's protected by Corning (GLW) Gorilla Glass. It's main method of communication with a linked smartphone is via Bluetooth 4.0.