According to recent reports, Chinese manufacturer, Oppo, recently filed for a new smart band patent with the State Intellectual Property Office. The patent information shows that the Oppo smart band has a small screen that can display time. The screen can also display notifications from mobile phones, steps, etc. The contacts on the bottom indicate that the band will support magnetic charging and it will use a heart rate sensor. Like most smart bands on the market, this band is probably also a fitness tracker.
Based on the patent sketches, some renders of the Oppo smart band is now available. As can be seen from the renders, a metal ring surrounds the outside of the band. This design is unique and distinctive but the purpose of the design is not known for now. Furthermore, there is a groove on one side of the metal ring, which may be a pressure-sensitive button. There are also gaps in the two sections of the band, presumably for attaching the strap. As for the hardware and functions of this smart band, there is no information for now. In fact, this is only a patent and it may never hit see the light of day.
Recall that Oppo only recently re-entered the wearable field with the launch of the new Oppo Watch. This new patent may mean that Oppo is about to launch a new smart band, however, the appearance may not be the same as the renders.
Oppo is not that new to the wearable market. As early as 2014, Oppo launched the O-Band smart band. This device uses a dot matrix LED display to provide basic information such as time and steps. With the increasing global share of wearable brands such as Xiaomi, Huawei (Honor) and Realme, Oppo may also want to share a piece of the cake.