Oppo takes on Apple and Samsung with Wear OS enabled smartwatch that takes obvious inspiration from Cupertino
The smart watch market is not lacking options but I’d also argue that good choices are not as abundant as maybe they should be. Oppo recently joined the race in their native home of China with the Oppo Watch but it was running a modified version of Android and therefore lacked some of the convenience we expect. Now Oppo have announced their plans to launch the Oppo Watch globally running Google’s Wear OS giving us another potentially good alternative to Apple’s watch.
The Oppo Watch clearly takes inspiration from Apple’s offering. The design and look is almost exactly the same. That will appeal to some and annoy others. Personally I would like to see some innovation in this arena but if you’re going to copy someone, you might as well copy the most popular one on the market.
According to Oppo, the Oppo Watch is the world’s first smartwatch with a dual-curved display. This means the OLED panel curves on two edges just like many of Oppo’s phones. Available in 46mm and 41mm sizes with optional LTE connectivity in the bigger model. It packs a 430mAh battery and charges in 75 minutes. It’ll get a 46% charge in in 15 minutes.
Running Wear OS will allow users access to greater functionality on Android phones but crucially it will work well with Apple’s range of phones too. Access to apps like Google Fit will mean existing Smart Watch owners may choose to upgrade whilst keeping their user experience intact. New users will find a host of options that have become de rigueur in the smartwatch market.
Oppo quote up to 36 hours of use and 21 days of standby in power save mode. Inside you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 and Ambiq Micro’s Apollo3 Wireless SoC. I have no idea if that’s a good thing but it’s a thing. You’ll get 24-hour heart monitoring, sleep monitoring and guided breathing exercises as part of it’s HeyTap health app. Overall it seems to offer all that you’d expect from a modern smart watch.
The big issue for me is the design. I’ve alluded to it’s similarity to the Apple Watch but lets face it, it looks almost exactly the same. This is made worse when you consider the price. Here in the UK you can expect to pay £369 for the 46mm and £229 for the 41mm version. That’s not that much less than Apple charge for some of their options (and new versions are on the horizon) and would you rather have a real Apple Watch or 90% clone? I know what this Apple-sheep would go for.