August 13, 2022
OnePlus Watch first impressions: It’s about time

The OnePlus Watch is the company’s first smartwatch, and was launched alongside the new OnePlus 9 series last month. The OnePlus Watch has a circular dial and features like SpO2 oxygen saturation tracking, heart rate tracking, and fast charging. It claims to provide a week’s worth of battery life, even for the most active users. So how good is the OnePlus Watch? I laid my hands on it, and here’s my first impression.

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The price of OnePlus Watch is Rs. 16,999 in India but the company is offering it at a starting price of Rs. 14,999. The duration of this introductory offer is not known, but OnePlus is offering further discounts for select credit card holders.

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The OnePlus Watch has a circular dial. It has a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with 2.5D curved glass on top. The case of the OnePlus Watch is 46mm and is made of stainless steel. OnePlus offers this watch in two color options Midnight Black and Moonlight Silver. I had a Midnight Black with me for review.

OnePlus has also shown a special edition of the OnePlus Watch called the OnePlus Watch Cobalt Limited Edition which is made of cobalt alloy and has sapphire glass to protect the display. OnePlus hasn’t announced pricing and any information regarding the availability of this limited edition watch at this time.

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Heart rate and SpO2 tracking sensors on the bottom of the OnePlus Watch

The company has chosen to go with its operating system, not Google’s Wear OS. The OnePlus Watch, aka the OnePlus Watch Classic, has two buttons on the right side of the case. The top one brings up apps on the watch, while the bottom one is a shortcut key that can be reassigned. The OnePlus Watch has a microphone hole at the bottom of the case (the 6 o’clock position) while the speaker is on the left. Looking at the hardware, you should be able to take calls directly on the OnePlus Watch.

On the bottom side, the OnePlus Watch has sensors to measure heart rate, stress, and SpO2 oxygen saturation. It also has two contact pins for charging.

The OnePlus Watch doesn’t feel too bulky or too heavy on the wrist. This watch is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance and can handle pressures of up to 5ATM when submerged in water.

OnePlus has opted for a 22mm watch strap made of fluoroelastomer, which feels soft to touch. The strap included with the watch has a pin and tuck design, just like the default Apple Watch strap. It can be easily removed without any tools, making it easy for you to swap it out for any other strap of your choice.

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The OnePlus Watch Strap has the same pin and tuck design as the Apple Watch Sport Band

The OnePlus Watch houses a 402mAh battery, and the company claims it can last about two weeks with “sustainable use,” or about a week for its most active users. OnePlus also claims that you can get about a day of use after just five minutes of charging and about a week with twenty minutes of charge. This is something I look forward to testing in my full review.

OnePlus hasn’t revealed processor and OS specifications yet, but a Post Some light has been shed on this by a product manager on the official OnePlus forum. The OnePlus Watch uses three chips that each perform a different function, and I’ll take a deeper look at that in the full review. In terms of software, the OnePlus Watch runs a custom RTOS (real-time operating system).

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The 1.39-inch AMOLED display is crisp and has good viewing angles indoors

The OnePlus Watch can be paired with a smartphone running Android 6.0 or higher using the OnePlus Health app. However, it does not currently support iOS. It has 4GB of internal storage, out of which 2GB is available for the user.

Overall, the OnePlus Watch seems promising with its battery life claims, but I’m curious to see how accurate it is at tracking health and fitness data. If you have your mind on the OnePlus Watch, stay tuned to Gadgets360 for a full review coming soon.

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