At the launch of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon W5 wearable platform, Oppo and Mobvoi were the first companies to announce that their future products will be based on the new platform. Soon after, Mobvoi confirmed that its upcoming Mobvoi TicWatch will be powered exclusively by the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 platform. And now, Oppo has confirmed the same with its upcoming Watch 3 series. The new Watch 3 will be the successor to the Oppo Watch 2 that was launched last year.
Oppo has revealed a teaser the posters On Weibo, that confirms that the upcoming Watch 3 will use Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chipset. The poster is visible above the image with the words Oppo Watch 3 clearly mentioned. The teaser also claims that Oppo’s Watch 3 series will debut on the Snapdragon W5 platform globally, becoming the first brand to feature the new platform from Qualcomm.
Oppo has not yet given any information about its upcoming Watch 3 series. We can expect the leaks and teasers to reveal more details in the coming days. The brand hasn’t even revealed the launch date for the same. What remains to be seen is the operating system that will power the smartwatch.
Qualcomm in July announced its new Snapdragon W5 wearable platform, which it claims can deliver high performance with low power consumption. Qualcomm announced Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon W5 Gen 1, both based on 4nm manufacturing process.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 is a bit different as it also has an AON (Always On) co-processor (22nm), which is said to help with background tasks and sensing, speech processing, audio playback and notifications. The new platforms are a much-needed update on the previous Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform, which was based on a 12nm manufacturing process.
Oppo Watch was launched in India in July 2020. It was available in two models, one with 41mm case and the other with 46mm case priced at Rs. 14,990 and Rs. 19,990 respectively. The Oppo Watch 46mm features a flexible dual-curved AMOLED display and was based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform as well as the Apollo 3 co-processor to provide better power efficiency.
Oppo’s most recent wearable in India is the Watch Free, which was launched in February this year. It is equipped with an AMOLED display and claims to offer up to 14 days of battery life.