OnePlus celebrates entry into the smartwatch segment with its OnePlus Watch. And this premiere sounds very promising. The smartwatch should not only be able to offer a long-lasting battery. On top of that, OnePlus has given the smartwatch its own operating system.
Just in time for the release of the OnePlus 9 & 9 Pro Smartwatch
The time for the presentation of its OnePlus Watch was certainly not chosen by chance by the Chinese company. After all, the name of the popular smartphone manufacturer is on everyone’s lips. The reason is the upcoming release of its new smartphone flagships OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. Although a smartwatch is a completely different product, typical manufacturer characteristics can also be read on the smartwatch. This starts with the price-performance ratio. The OnePlus Watch is said to come onto the market at an MSRP of just 160 euros.
Smartwatches from smartphone manufacturers that have been loyal to Android for many years usually rely on the WearOS operating system. However, OnePlus is taking a different approach and set up its own operating system. This will probably not only have advantages. Above all, we have to reckon with a comparatively small range of apps for better or worse. On the other hand, the design of the watch is not at all annoying. Because of its simple exterior, this one is very appealing. The OnePlus Watch clearly belongs to the smartwatch category, where you have to look twice to distinguish it from an analog watch.
The two buttons on the side of the housing are primarily intended to serve as the control unit. The pretty OLED display, which measures 1.39 inches, should be particularly impressive. Thanks to a pixel density of 326 PPI, the images should appear pleasantly sharp. When it comes to color, the choice is a bit limited. With a diameter of 46 mm, the case comes in either silver or black.
Long-lasting battery for at least 7 days
A look at the functions of the OnePlus Watch does not reveal any major surprises. Rather, it becomes clear that it is a solidly equipped smartwatch. For example, you should be able to make calls and view messages. The coupling of the smartwatch is initially only possible with an Android smartphone. However, OnePlus says that a corresponding update should also ensure compatibility with the iPhone. This should come at a later date.
But the OnePlus Watch should also be able to offer certain features independently of the smartphone. For example, 2 GB of the original 4 GB internal memory should be available to the user for storing their own music. Owners of an OnePlus TV will also be happy to be able to use the watch as a smart remote control. This does not yet affect us, German users. When it comes to battery performance, the OnePlus has already won a lot of laurels – and rightly so. The company has revolutionized smartphone batteries with fast charging, among other things. So it is hardly surprising that the manufacturer has donated a full 402 mAh battery to its smartwatch.
This should be able to last for up to two weeks. Should you forget to charge the battery, this is no problem. OnePlus promises that the smartwatch’s battery can be charged enough within five minutes to last for a day. Athletes will be happy about the extensive protection of the smartwatch. OnePlus promises protection against dust and water according to IP68 certification. You should also be able to wear the watch up to a water depth of 50 meters (max. 10 minutes). A heart rate monitor and a GPS receiver are of course also on board so that the activity can be measured while swimming.
The market launch still uncertain
We do not yet know when the new smartwatch will be launched. It looks different with the price. OnePlus wants to bring its first own smartwatch on the market at an RRP of 160 euros. This sounds very fair because of the equipment.