The Oppo Watch has been on sale in China since its launch back in March – and now it’s landing globally.
And in a plot twist, it could switch from the Android-based ColorOS on the Chinese version to Wear OS (possibly with a ColorOS skin). That could mean a full change of specs and features – so nothing is certain. We really are on tenterhooks.
The Oppo Watch has already gone on sale in Germany, and will be imminently released elsewhere in Europe and the US.
At the company’s event on 6 March, but the Oppo Watch was only announced for the Chinese market – and company spokesperson said on stage in the Western presentation that the “Oppo Watch deserved its own event, so you will have to wait.”
It was clear that in the wake of the global pandemic, Oppo was scaling back its ambitions.
So while the Oppo Watch seems unlikely to get the event we were promised, it’s at least getting a global release.
Read on for what we know so far.
Oppo Watch: Official specs
Yes it’s a massive Apple Watch clone – just look at the examples above with the silicone sports bands – absolutely shameless stuff. We doubt most people would be able to tell the difference.
But look under the hood, and there’s a serious amount of technology, innovation and features.
It has a curved AMOLED display, and ships in 1.6-inch and 1.9-inch sizes – that’s roughly 41mm and 46mm – so quite a difference between the two.
It will have a decent specced 326ppi resolution, so it looks pretty smart. It’s also waterproof to 50 metres.
But there’s mass confusion over the OS that will be employed. The Chinese version used ColorOS (based on Android), but it seems the global edition will switch to Wear OS.
It uses a Snapdragon Wear 2500 processor, which is slightly dated given Qualcomm just announced the Wear 4100.
The Chinese version promised 40 hours of battery life, with fast charging offering 18 hours battery from just 15 minutes on the charger.
However, moving to Wear OS on Wear 2500 could change that totally.
And the reports were correct: the Oppo Watch has a heart rate monitor and it will take electrocardiogram (ECG) readings – again, just like the Series 5.
There’s an eSIM so LTE connectivity is an option.
Oppo Watch: global release date and price
In China the larger Oppo Watch will cost CNY 1,999 while the 41mm will be CNY 1,499.
And now we know that the Oppo Watch will cost €249 in Germany, which is a direct translation of the Chinese price. So it stands to reason we could be looking at prices close to £225 when it’s eventually released.
That’s more than the Amazfit GTS (they look fairly similar) which retails at around £109.99. And it’s more than the Apple Watch Series 3, which is in offer for £199.99 and the Huawei Watch GT2e at £159.99.
While many might expect Oppo to follow the likes of Xiaomi and Amazfit and offer a low cost device, it doesn’t seem that will be the case.
There’s a lot to like about the Oppo Watch’s spec sheet and it will be good value for a smartwatch with fast charging, ECG and GPS. But a budget smartwatch it is not.