The Apple Watch has been a huge success, and every other brand wants to emulate it. Now, a rival smartphone brand has launched its first smartwatch that looks a lot like the Apple Watch and has a similar feature set but costs much lower.
Update: The OPPO Watch was unveiled in China today alongside the Find X2 and the Find X2 Pro. The smartwatch features a 1.91-inch flexible OLED screen with 326ppi pixel density, curved sides and corners, and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. The watch is equipped with an accelerometer, barometer, compass, ECG, four-channel optical heart-rate monitor, and gyro.
It runs Android Wear OS-based ColorOS Watch software and uses a Snapdragon Wear 2500 processor, Apollo 3 co-processor, 1GB RAM, and 8GB storage. It is water-resistant for up to 5 ATM and has a loudspeaker as well as microphones to take voice calls. The eSIM equipped smartwatch rapidly charges using OPPO’s Watch VOOC technology to charge up to 46% in 15 minutes and 100% in 70 minutes.
The OPPO Watch comes in three variants: 41mm Aluminium, 46mm Aluminium, and 46mm Steel. The 41mm Aluminium variant costs CNY 1,499 ($216), and it comes in three colors: Black, Pink Gold, and Silver. The 46mm Aluminium variant costs CNY 1,999 ($288), and it comes in Black and Pink Gold. The Steel version costs CNY 2,499 ($360) and comes in Silver color.
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The OPPO Watch will be unveiled tomorrow alongside the Chinese firm’s flagship smartphone, the Find X2. The company’s first smartwatch looks quite similar to the Apple Watch, featuring a rectangular display, curved corners, and a metal case. However, it runs Google’s Wear OS rather than watchOS.
The watch features a 1.91-inch OLED screen with a pixel density of 326ppi, similar to that of the Apple Watch. However, the screen covers 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. It is equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2500 processor and the company’s own Apollo 3 co-processor. The watch also features a heart-rate monitor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor to spot atrial fibrillation.
In terms of design, the OPPO Watch lacks the Digital Crown that is seen on all Apple Watches. Instead, it has two buttons on the side, one of which could be a power button and the other could be a contact point for the ECG. The watch is also 5ATM water-resistant. It also comes embedded with eSIM and a loudspeaker, similar to the Apple Watch, so it can take voice calls.
The smartwatch is expected to be launched in China in three colors: Black, Gold, and White. Its price could be CNY 2,000, which translates to around $289. Feature-wise, it is on par with the Apple Watch Series 5 but features a larger display and costs around $50 lower.
The OPPO Watch looks like a pretty good competitor to the Apple Watch and is much better than rival Wear OS watches in terms of features. However, WearOS has fewer apps and the ecosystem is not as robust as that of Apple’s watchOS, which is its true differentiator.
If you are an Android user, would you be interested in buying the OPPO Watch?[Via Weibo]