With the phone market becoming more and more commoditised OEMs are looking to the entire ecosystem market to expand their reach and profits. Wireless earbuds are now a fairly standard accessory so we are seeing more OEMs turn their attention to smartwatches to augment their product offerings, now it seems OnePlus is joining those ranks.
With OnePlus and OPPO sharing more than a little DNA it’s very possible that the underlying technology, if not the overall form factor of any future OnePlus smartwatch would be similar to the soon to launch OPPO WearOS device. Thanks to a regulatory filing we can confirm that OnePlus has had a smartwatch certified.
The OnePlus device was spotted heading through Singapore’s telecommunication authority IMDA, listed as OnePlus Watch, W301GB. While there is little more details than that based on the OPPO device we could expect to see a device including:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 SoC + Ambig Micro Apollo 3 low-power SoC
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB storage
- Up to 430mAh Battery
- Heart rate sensor
Without supporting leaks this is pure supposition based on the history of OnePlus and OPPO sharing a lot of design and manufacturing capabilities. With the new Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ platforms released it would be a shame to see OnePlus come to market with the older SOC. Without a current SOC any OnePlus watch may struggle for relevance against the competition.
We’re excited for any new player to enter the smartwatch / WearOS market, more competition increases the chance of truly great hardware — hopefully all newcomers to the scene bring the latest hardware. We will be watching this one with interest.