Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus, announced that the company is operating on a smartwatch that would be launched early next year. “Many of you said you wanted a watch, and as you might have heard over the weekend — we’re making one, to be released early next year. Wishes do come true,” said Lau. He tweeted this late on Tuesday on Twitter.
Although the date of availability has not been specifically specified, it can be expected that Watch will arrive next year in the first quarter. OnePlus is closely working with Google to develop the Wear OS. According to rumors, whether that implies the OnePlus watch can run the platform of Google is uncertain.
A Snapdragon Wear system-on-chip, possibly the recently released Snapdragon Wear 4100, is expected to get a feature in the smartwatch.
An OLED display to save battery and a host of fitness and health features such as a heart rate sensor, blood oxygen monitor, and software-based features such as sleep pattern analysis, goal-oriented exercise tracking, and more, may also be included in the Watch.
OnePlus originally reported back in 2016 that a smartwatch was being produced by the company. “We had completed the design but we still decided to scrap it. We have to be focused,” Lau said recently during the ‘Converge’ tech conference in Hong Kong.
OnePlus Watch Specification:
As far as the specification is concerned, there is nothing much we know yet. We know from now on that the next OnePlus Watch will have a round-shaped dial. So, instead of a square-shaped one like Apple, we are going to see a round-shaped watch. Maybe OnePlus will also make some square-shaped watches in the future, too. The Wear OS watch is supposed to run (nothing confirmed yet). Pete Lau has previously announced that the company is actively working with Google to develop the Wear OS.
OnePlus teased its smartwatch with a circular concept back in October. The watch was also officially accredited earlier this year by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore.
In late October, Tipster Max Jambor reported that OnePlus was indefinitely postponing the launch of its smartwatch. In an interview with Feedback, however, Lau recently confirmed its growth. He also confirmed that the company was attempting to build Wear OS with Google. However, it is not yet clear whether the OnePlus Watch would run on Wear OS.
Earlier this year, its siblings and subsidiaries of its parent BBK Electronics, Oppo and Realme, had already joined the smartwatch industry with their versions.