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Asus Reportedly Planning To Launch A SmartWatch At Computex 2014
Asus, best known for Nexus 7 range of tablets, will reportedly announce its first wearable device at Computex trade fair in June 2014. The wearable device is said to be in the form of a smartwatch, a Taiwan-based news website reported on Tuesday.
Jonney Shih, Chairman, Asus informed the folks over there that the device will be a "distinctive product" when it gets introduced this year. Apparently, Asus also told investors in November 13 that the company plans to launch wearable devices at annual Computex trade fair to be held in June. The said device is expected to be made available by 2014.
There are actually many challenges in this area, and I don't think products that lack special features will be useful. We'll try to replace your watch by all means," Shih said.
Other than Asus, another Taiwan-based company, Acer has plans to reveal its first ever wearable device in the coming months. Reportedly, the device is said to be "distinctive" wearable as compared to its competitors.
"We hope we could have a distinctive product when we introduce it. So we will not launch it in a hurry during the first quarter and will likely make it available globally in the second half," a source revealed.
Wearable device will rise exponentially in the coming years to come. According to U.K. based Juniper Research report, the smart wearable device shipments including smart watches and glasses will approach 130 million by 2018, 10 times higher than estimated this year.
Earlier this year at CES 2014, Intel, the world's largest chip maker, officially announced its intentions to be in the wearable devices market.
Meanwhile, the world's largest smartphone vendor, Samsung, might come up with its second generation Galaxy Gear smart watch at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) later this month. Samsung has just made a reduction in the retail price of original Galaxy Gear in Indian market.
Reportedly, Apple is said to be testing a method to charge the battery wirelessly with magnetic induction. The Cupertino-based giant could bring its much hyped "iWatch" later this year.