Oppo has finally revealed it is launching its gorgeous-looking Apple Watch rival with Wear OS by Google as the operating system. Oh, and it’s significantly cheaper than its Cupertino equivalent. Here’s what we know.
It’s called Oppo Watch and it looks somehow familiar
And it’ll come in two sizes, 41mm and 46mm. The smaller model comes in three colors, black, mist silver and pink gold. The larger one looks great in black but just gorgeous in glossy gold. The design is certainly familiar: an oblong that’s taller than it is wide, with gently curved edges. It looks very similar to the Apple Watch until you notice there’s no Digital Crown here. Given that analog watches are mostly similar circular designs, I think Oppo has done enough to be pretty distinctively different here.
The larger size only comes in an LTE version
While the smaller watch is Bluetooth and wi-fi in terms of connectivity, but the larger version offers greater independence from the companion phone thanks to its LTE connectivity capabilities. Its standalone features mean you can make calls on your Oppo Watch even if you leave your phone at home.
Note that if you connect your Oppo Watch to an iPhone some features are limited, including call answering, for instance.
The bigger Oppo Watch is plenty big
Oppo pointed out that the 46mm watch is one of the biggest smartwatches around, and the company has made the most of it: the screen measures 1.91in and is a dual curved design, that is, the screen curves down towards the edge of both the long and short sides. Like the smaller watch, the larger one has customizable watch straps which, the company claims, can be swapped out in just three seconds. Unlike the smaller watch, the 46mm model uniquely has a ceramic back, making it a more premium device.
One more thing about the larger model: the display has 326 pixels per inch resolution, which matches, for example, the iPhone 11. The smaller model has a 301ppi resolution.
The watch frame on both models is aluminum alloy, both come with a rubber sports strap, but leather straps are also available.
Control stuff from the touchscreen and buttons
Swipe up, down, left or right on the display to make things happen. Right to left gives you quick cards, for the things you do most often. Swipe left to right to go back or launch the Google Assistant. Up gives notifications and down takes you to settings.
But there’s also the power button which lets you remap the functions of other elements and an app launcher button.
How bright do you need?
The thing is, it’ll go as bright as you could want – up to 1,000 nits on the larger, 46mm model. That’s very bright and means you’ll never need to squint at your watch.
Glad you asked. There are five modes which are designed by Oppo – fitness run, swimming, cycling, fat burn and walking. GPS tracking will help you accurately track your outdoor run, and there’s sleep tracking, too. Heart rate tracking is on board, and a breathing app to help you relax.
How about battery?
Two days battery life are promised but you can also invoke a power saving mode which runs for much longer, even for three weeks, Oppo says. You can recharge the Watch up to a 16-hour charge in just 15 minutes with the supplied VOOC Flash Charging connector.
And what about availability and price?
The smaller watch will be on sale in September, costing $300 (£229). The larger model goes on sale in October, priced at $483 (£369).