OnePlus announced two editions of their new smartwatch, the OnePlus Watch Classic edition and Cobalt edition, during their live event on Tuesday.
This is OnePlus’ first foray into the wearables market, and from what we’ve seen in the launch event, they seem to have gotten just about everything right.
The smartwatch itself starts at $159 or INR 16,999. There’s 4GB standalone storage, a 2.5D AMOLED glass running at 326PPI and several sensors. The OnePlus Watch doesn’t use WearOS as the manufacturer opted for an RTOS-based OS instead.
In terms of availability, there are two versions of the smartwatch — a Classic variant and a limited edition Cobalt version.
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Aforementioned, the Classic edition will be selling for $159 or INR 16,999.
The price for the limited Cobalt edition hasn’t been announced yet but keep your eyes peeled as OnePlus will be releasing the price soon, and we’ll post an update here as soon as that happens.
The Classic edition comes in a stainless steel body with a glossy pattern on the display and a unibody design. The case is hand-polished, and there’s Sapphire glass on the top as well. The straps are made of fluoroelastomer.
There are two colours for the Classic edition, Midnight Steel and Midnight Black.
You get a cobalt alloy case in shiny gold colour matched with leather straps on the Cobalt edition.
The OnePlus watch features a beautiful 2.5D AMOLED display that’s 46mm in diameter. The display is covered in Sapphire glass which should provide some extra protection against bumps and scratches.
OnePlus claims up to two weeks of battery life on a single charge. Even if you’re a power user, you should be able to get by the whole week on just a single charge.
There’s warp charging in the watch as well. The company claims that just 20 minutes of charging will get you a week of battery backup.
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There’s about every smartwatch feature in here that we’ve come to expect from the top of the line smartwatches. The OnePlus Watch has a heart rate, blood saturation and stress sensor. For the workout savvy, there are more than 110 workout modes available to track on your watch.
The watch is waterproof, with 5ATM and IP68 certifications. Swimming with this thing on your hand should be no problem at all.
You do get notifications on your phone and hands-free calling, thanks to the onboard microphone and speaker. There are breathing exercises, stress level monitoring, sleep tracking, automatic workout-tracking and the aforementioned blood oxygen saturation monitoring.
Connectivity: Did OnePlus pull an Apple?
OnePlus decided to go with their own watch ecosystem here, as evident by choice of putting an RTOS based OS on their smartwatch instead. While the watch should work just fine with about any phone out there, but you can expect it to work the best with OnePlus phones.
They even went as far as adding connectivity with the OnePlus TV. The watch can detect phone calls and automatically lower your TV volume so you can take your calls without any disturbance.
Since the watch can track your sleep as well, it can automatically turn your OnePlus TV off after about 30 minutes once the watch senses you’re sleeping
OnePlus is going for a more connected ecosystem among its products, which is the same route Apple took more than a decade ago and has been building on it since. While Android would keep OnePlus from ever pulling an Apple, they surely are trying to go that way..
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