The new Oppo Watch released in China on March 24th. And has been intriguing tech fans with its striking similarities to the more expensive Apple Watches. It boasts a wide range of features and is due to be competitive on the pricing front. However, it has not yet been released globally. It has been promised to hit the European market later in 2020. Check out our review so that you know whether you should get your hands on one when they become available.
What Is the Design Of the Oppo Watch Like?
Apart from the obvious Apple Watch comparison, the new Oppo Watch offers an AMOLED display that comes in two size choices (1.9 inches and 1.6 inches). Furthermore, a choice of three colourways (gold, black or silver). You can also opt to have in aluminium or stainless steel. However, the latter option will set you back a bit more in the price department.
The strap is made from fluororubber and is incredibly comfy when it is on your wrist. This means that you will probably forget you are wearing it when you consider it only weighs in at 40g.
What Features Does the Oppo Watch Offer?
The good news is that the Oppo Watch comes with eSim so that you can use it alongside your phone. It is also water-resistant up to 50m so you can wear it when you head out for a swim or even in the shower.
It has a 1GM RAM and offers an 8GB internal storage capacity. There is no camera on this watch. However, like its inspiration, it can help you to take photos directly from your phone whenever you want! When it comes to charging, you will not be able to charge it wirelessly. It comes with its own charging cradle that it sits in when it is powering up. Talking about charging – you can expect it to be ready after just 70 minutes of charging. Furthermore, the battery is said to last around forty hours before it needs to be plugged back in.
Some of the best built-in features include:
- Sleep tracking. This will tell you how well you slept and how much of each phase of sleep you managed to achieve.
- Extended battery life. This is achieved by the watch knowing when to switch chips to get the most from the battery. While this mode will not allow you to use the watch features, you will be able to get notifications for up to three weeks when it is in this power-saving mode.
- A skinny watch face that is only 4.5mm wide! This ultra-slim watch face will sit beautifully on any wrist, and it helps to make it seriously comfy to wear.
- Super-fast charging that means you can get around twenty hours of charge from just fifteen minutes of charging. This is great when you want to wear it a bit longer before you plug it in for a full charge.
- Wallpapers that match your outfit – we really are not joking. Oppo says that their AI watch face will be able to display a wallpaper that matches your outfit photo so that you are able to coordinate every single day!
What Operating System Does the Oppo Watch Use?
Rather than offering the generic WearOS, Oppo has opted for ColourOS. This operating system is their own version of the Google system and uses much of the same features to power the watch.
You will be able to access the Play Store and all the other WearOS features but will offer a new way of using the system and customised icons, fonts, and backgrounds for you to choose from.
Who Is the Oppo Watch Suitable For?
Oppo claims that this watch is suitable for anyone that wants to enjoy the stylish offering and wide range of features. We would say that the differently priced models make it more accessible to a wider market, and because there are three colour choices and two sizes, it will suit most wrists.
Because it takes the Apple Watch as its muse, you can be certain that Apple fans will be impressed by the quality of this watch as well as the smaller price tag that comes with it!
Pros and Cons Of the Oppo Watch
When weighing up your options, consider the following pros and cons of purchasing an Oppo Watch:
- Thin, sleek design that looks and feels great on your wrist.
- Customisable display that matches your outfit.
- Range of tech features that rival the competition.
- Range of design options to suit your personal taste.
- A competitive price tag that will make you reconsider the Apple Watch when you can have an Oppo Watch that does the same for much less.
- Features that are not yet available on Apple, despite consumer demand.
- Not yet available outside of China, with no specific release date, offered other than later in 2020.
- No matter how good it is, it is not an Apple Watch.
- Limited consumer testing outside of China, so some of the features may not be as good as they seem.
Should I Buy An Oppo Watch When They Are Released?
No matter how good this watch is, it is not an Apple Watch, and if that is what you want, then you are better off sticking with the original. We are fairly sure that Apple will not be impressed by this blatant cloning of their design and are sure to come back with their views when it is released globally.
However, if you want a watch that is sleek and functional, then the Oppo Watch might just be a great buy. It is quick to charge, customisable and packed full of features that will entertain you, impress you and even match the colour of your outfit if you want it to! Keep your eyes peeled; we think the Oppo Watch is set to be a good buy.
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