OPPO introduced its first-ever smartwatch called the OPPO Watch a few days back along with its Find X2 flagship smartphone in China. The watch is yet to go on shelves in China but it is now officially clear that the wearable will land in Western Europe later this year, thanks to a tweet by OPPO’s VP, Brian Shen.
To be precise, OPPO had already declared that the smartwatch would be released globally and it will be tailored to those specific regions but it seems Western Europe will be the first overseas region to receive it.
On the China release of OPPO Watch Series, each model is equipped with esim to make calls. For the price I think this is great value for the user.
Users will have to stay tuned for our global launch, there will be a separate launch in western Europe later on this year. 👀 https://t.co/nD9lFYBBAj
— Brian Shen (@BrianShenYiRen) March 13, 2020
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One doesn’t need rocket science to conclude that the OPPO Watch is primarily aimed at the premium segment and its closest competitor will be the Mi Watch (in terms of features) and the Huawei Watch. However, the Mi Watch is nowhere available outside of China with no official word either of it coming in the future.
There has been a renaissance of sorts in the smartwatch space this year with several big Chinese OEMs jumping onto the bandwagon with premium offerings. Apart from OPPO and Xiaomi. OnePlus and Vivo have also strongly been rumoured to be working on a similar product which could likely launch this year.
As for the OPPO Watch, it starts at 1,999 Yuan (~$285), and for that price you get some serious hardware. The wearable comes in two sizes – 41mm, 46mm. The latter has a curved AMOLED 1.9-inch display with two physical buttons and an aluminium casing. There is a limited stainless steel edition as well that costs even more.
In terms of features, the OPPO Watch rocks eSIM, IP68 water resistance, heart-rate monitoring, Color OS, VOOC Flash charge and much much more. Although there’s no official confirmation, we do expect the wearable to also debut in India as well by the end of 2020.