What you need to know
- Oppo Watch is now official.
- It'll be available globally eventually, but it is China-only from March 24.
- And it's very much an Apple Watch for Android.
We've been waiting for Oppo to announce its Oppo Watch and now it's here. Oppo officially announced it today, and now we know much more about what it is and what it can do. And as expected, it very much resembles Apple Watch.
As I mentioned earlier this week, this does look very Apple Watch-like, sans a Digital Crown on the side. There are two buttons there instead, but even they manage to look like Apple Watch's Side button.
In terms of similarities, Oppo Watch has an AMOLED screen that's married to an aluminum frame. The glass curves ever-so-slightly with the rear of the watch featuring a ceramic design that houses all of the sensors we'd expect to see from a modern smartwatch. And there are two screen sizes to choose from.
You get cellular connectivity and heart rate tracking, but you also get something Apple Watch can't boast just yet – sleep tracking. Users can install third-party apps on their Apple Watch and do something similar, but there's no official Apple-built solution. That's a win for Oppo, then.
Ultimately this is as close as Android users have gotten to having something that looks and feels like Apple Watch. Many of the screenshots that have been shown off also look very similar to watchOS. That's a good thing because Android-toting watches haven't had the best interfaces in recent years.
Right now Oppo Watch is set to go on sale in China on March 24. The rest of the world will be getting it, but we don't know when. Or what it will cost. Oddly, that international version of the watch will run Wear OS, so it should work with iPhones. But the Chinese version announced today? That runs ColorOS, so it won't work with your Apple kit.
Fragmentation. You've gotta love it.
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