Although it looks very similar to the Apple Watch, the larger Oppo Watch actually has two curved edges, which the company calls “flexible AMOLED”, while the 41mm model is flat. Depending on the size you choose, you’ll get either a large 1.91-inch or 1.6-inch, 1,000-nit touchscreen that should be easy to read in sunlight.
The smaller version has a 300 mAh battery, which allows the standard smartwatch to be used for up to 24 hours and the energy-saving mode for 14 days. The larger watch now has a 430 mAh cell with an estimated runtime of 36 hours for the WiFi model. LTE will obviously tap the battery more and Oppo expects the cellular option to last up to 30 hours. In Power Saver, the 46 mm should hang for 21 days, regardless of whether it is WLAN or LTE.
These modes are similar to those you see on Wear OS watches powered by the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset. Therefore, the watch continues to offer basic functions such as displaying the time and counting your steps while it is running on low power. Oppo also offers notifications and heart rate tracking in Power Saver mode, which makes it a little more useful.
The most fascinating thing about the Oppo Watch is the improvements the company has made to Wear OS on its device. It’s not just about custom watch faces, although Oppo’s standard watch face shows your calories burned and the steps taken. There’s also a HeyTap Health app that Oppo Watch can use to better track your health data than the average Wear OS watch. For example, you will receive short videos with training exercises and trained training units as well as sleep tracking. Runners will also appreciate the on-board GPS for mapping their routes, while those who enjoy swimming will appreciate the water resistance of up to 5 ATMs.
This is a compelling set of features. But until we know about the prices in the US and can get our hands on a try, I reserve the right to make a judgment – an impressive list of specifications is nice, but what’s more important is the real-world experience.