If you’ve ever coveted the Apple Watch but are an end-to-end Android fan, you’ll probably be thrilled with Oppo’s entry into the smartwatch market. The company has unveiled its digital watch, the Oppo Watch, along with a new flagship phone, the, at a press conference in China, following which he drew immediate comparisons to Apple’s iconic square-faced wrist accessory. It’s not an exact duplicate – it doesn’t feature Apple’s digital crown – but the slightly curved screen surrounded by metal and a see-through band attachment looks remarkably familiar.
The watch’s 4.5mm thick body is made from a combination of aluminum and 3D curved crystal glass, with a ceramic back. A 1.91-inch AMOLED display would incorporate a “flexible hyperboloid display” and offer a density of 326 pixels per inch. The bracelets are made of fluorinated rubber or Italian calfskin and can be replaced with other models to suit a particular outfit or occasion.
Key features and specifications include:
- Built-in e-SIM cellular connectivity, which can be used to place calls through your phone number or the watch’s own number
- Listen to music
- Make payments
- Fitness tracking (the watch is water resistant to 50 meters)
- Sleep monitoring
- Dual chip system to preserve battery life (40 hours on a single charge or 21 days in power saving mode) and the company’s VOOC flash charging technology that takes 75 minutes to achieve full charge
The Oppo watch will be available worldwide, the company said, first arriving in China on March 24, with other release dates and prices to be announced at a later date. In China, the watch will run on the Android-based ColorOS, but will come in other versions suitable for each country.