There haven’t been many exciting Wear OS watches recently, but that could soon change, as it’s rumored that OnePlus has a smartwatch in the works which leaks have called simply the OnePlus Watch.
We don’t know a huge amount about the wearable yet, but it sounds like it has been in development for a while, and the company has now more or less confirmed that it's coming.
It hinted at the possibility during the OnePlus 8T launch, then took to Twitter shortly after to basically confirm as much.
Below you’ll find everything that we’ve heard about the OnePlus Watch so far, including potential release timing, specs, features, and more. We’ll also be updating this article whenever we hear anything new, so check back often if you want to stay up to date on the OnePlus Watch.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The first smartwatch from OnePlus
- When is it out? Unknown but possibly soon
- What will it cost? We're not sure yet
OnePlus Watch release date and price
There’s no real news on when the OnePlus Watch will be announced, but it has been spotted both on the IMDA (Infocomm Media Development Authority) website (where it’s referred to specifically as the OnePlus Watch), and on the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
Those are both places it would likely be listed by before being sold in certain parts of the world, and those listings are likely to appear close to launch – suggesting the OnePlus Watch will be announced fairly soon.
That said, it wasn't announced alongside the OnePlus 8T, and we're unsure whether OnePlus will have any other significant launches this year, so we could be waiting until 2021, though there are rumors of a OnePlus Nord Lite potentially landing in 2020, so perhaps the OnePlus Watch will arrive with that.
As for the price of the OnePlus Watch, we have even less to go on there. Not only are there no price rumors at the time of writing, but there’s also no previous model to go on.
There is the recent Oppo Watch, which starts at £229 (around $300, AU$420). We mention this because OnePlus and Oppo have the same parent company, and their phones often have things in common, but rumors suggest the OnePlus Watch will look quite different to the Oppo Watch, so we wouldn’t count on the prices being similar.
News and leaks
The biggest news on the OnePlus Watch front is simply that it exists. OnePlus posted on Twitter that "More things are coming to the OnePlus ecosystem. It's just a matter of time" alongside sketches of a previously abandoned OnePlus Watch the company revealed it had been working on.
More things are coming to the OnePlus ecosystem. It's just a matter of time🧐 pic.twitter.com/r6RIILU8AQOctober 14, 2020
Those sketches were first revealed years ago , and showed off a wearable with a circular screen.
It seems the resurrected version will likely also have a circular screen, as @maxjmb (a leaker with a good track record) claimed as much on Twitter.
Many dont seem to understand it so I clarify it. The Watch is circular. WOTCH https://t.co/HkevfvMfgTSeptember 10, 2020
That in turn suggests it won’t have too much in common with the Oppo Watch (which has a square display), despite the two companies often launching similar devices.
Beyond that, we’ve heard from a former OnePlus employee that the company has "actively been looking into a smartwatch for the last year."
We can also be fairly confident that the OnePlus Watch will run Wear OS, given that the company makes Android phones, and it might well use the recent Snapdragon Wear 4100 or 4100 Plus chipset.
There’s no specific rumor of this, but it would be the obvious choice given that most alternative options are quite old now. If it does, then that could allow for better battery life and performance than most Wear OS watches.
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