Asus’ Japanese website now features a countdown to October 28 with a sneak peek of a previously unseen phone and a smartwatch which looks conspicuously similar to the ZenWatch – an affordable Android wearable with a speculated release date matching the countdown’s date.
Despite it’s expected £159 price tag (making it the cheapest smartwatch around), the ZenWatch features a leather strap and other aesthetic features which give it more style than its main rivals –the G Watch R and the Moto 360.
While techshout.com believes the teaser suggests a cellular support update for the device on 28 October, IBT Australia reports that the image simply indicates the ZenWatch’s release date.
The red banded mobile shown on the countdown is expected to be a new lineup rather than a second instalment of the ZenFone despite the strong similarities in the teaser. Recent news of Asus choosing Intel to supply processors for its upcoming phablet – the Padfone X Mini, may also hint as to what will power the new phone from ASUS, regardless of model.
This is further supported by Intel’s Vice President and GM of their Mobile Communications Group stating “We have a long-term agreement signed with Asus,” and “We are in it for the long term, and so are our customers.”