Chinese stocks also finished the day lower, with the Shanghai Composite reversing moderate gains seen in the morning to end lower by 0.12 percent at 2,870.06. The smaller Shenzhen Composite pulled back by 1.39 percent by the end of the day while the blue-chip CSI 300 index, which tracks the biggest stocks traded on the mainland, finished lower by 0.16 percent.
Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index came under pressure, giving up 0.55 percent by 3:00 p.m. HK/SIN. The information technology dropped 2.23 percent by 3:00 p.m. HK/SIN, dragging on the index as heavyweight Tencent fell 2.36 percent ahead of the session's close. The consumer goods sector lost 1.8 percent an hour before the market close, contributing to the benchmark's overall declines.
Down Under, the S&P/ASX 200 eased 0.35 percent to 6,278.40. Losses were led by the drop in the health care subindex, while heavily weighted "Big Four" banks all finished lower.
MSCI's index of shares in Asia Pacific excluding Japan slipped 0.4 percent in afternoon trade.
The negativity in the Asian session followed declines in U.S. stocks seen on Friday as earnings news stateside overshadowed the release of solid second-quarter U.S. gross domestic product data, with tech leading the losses.
Intel shares fell in the previous session on the chipmaker announcing delays for next generation chips while Twitter sank after reporting a drop in monthly active users. That contributed to a second day of steep losses for the tech sector stateside after the plunge in Facebook's stock on Thursday.
Meanwhile, U.S. second-quarter GDP grew at 4.1 percent, in line with expectations, with a jump in consumer spending and business investment contributing to the figure. That was the quickest pace of growth since 2014.