Is that Apple Watch? This was the first thought that came to my mind when I got the Oppo Watch. The design and packaging certainly look inspired by the Apple Watch, but the similarities end there, as the Oppo Watch runs Google’s Wear OS. With tech companies slowing down on smartwatches and only traditional watch makers promoting Wear OS for a while, it’s good to see Oppo move forward. Will the Oppo Watch make a strong case for Wear OS, or will this device go down as an Apple Watch replica? I test the clock to find out that answer.
oppo watch design
The Oppo Watch can be easily confused for the Apple Watch, and some people I met assumed it was the fruit device. Though the design looks inspired, Oppo has talked about fit and finish. The first thing that will grab your attention about the Oppo Watch is its AMOLED display. It’s large, measuring 1.91 inches, and it’s curved on two sides. Not only does it look good, but it’s also useful when swiping through the interface.
The gorgeous display flows into an aluminum case that feels premium to touch. There are two buttons on the right, while the speaker is on the left. The bottom button has an accent and can be set to perform any function you choose. It also acts as a power button if you long press it. The button at the top is used to open the app drawer and acts as the back key; Long press it summons Google Assistant.
You won’t find lugs on the Oppo Watch as the strap attaches directly to the aluminum body. It looks neat, but the downside is that the design is proprietary and it won’t be easy to find a replacement. Oppo claims that the straps are made of fluororubber and feel lightweight. During the two weeks of using this watch, these straps never caused any irritation or rashes on my skin. You can detach the strap from the body by pressing the small release button on the back. A strong press is enough to free the strap, but it won’t accidentally come off.
The back of the Oppo Watch houses the heart-rate sensor in a dome in the middle, while the rest is made of plastic. The sensor dome is made of ceramic only for the 46mm Oppo Watch; The smaller 41mm Oppo Watch has a plastic dome. The charging pins are located on the bottom and slightly backwards. I did not notice any color or rust on these pins during the review period.
Oppo has kept the weight of the device down, and the body weight alone is 40 grams. The FloorBar straps also feel lightweight and the size of the watch feels perfect on my wrist. If you opt for the 46mm Oppo Watch, you get a bigger 430mAh battery, compared to 300mAh for the 41mm variant. The 46mm Oppo Watch is priced at Rs. 19,990 while the smaller 41mm Oppo Watch is priced at Rs. 14,990. You get the Watch VOOC Flash Charger in the box. It is magnetic and keeps the watch in place while charging.
Specifications and performance of Oppo Watch
To power this watch, Oppo has used Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. There is a secondary low-power Ambic Micro Apollo 3 SoC that works when the watch is put in power saver mode. The Oppo Watch has 1GB of RAM, which makes a huge difference in performance. I found that the watch was quick to respond to my inputs, and didn’t notice any lag while using it.
There’s Bluetooth 4.2 and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi to keep the watch connected to your smartphone so it can work independently as well. There is no cellular data option. You also get 8GB of internal storage. The 46mm Oppo Watch is water resistant up to 5ATM while the 41mm smaller version is water resistant up to 3ATM. There is in-built GPS, GLONASS and A-GPS. It also has NFC support.
The Oppo Watch runs on Google’s Wear OS and can be paired with an Android smartphone as well as an iPhone. I paired the watch with a Google Pixel 3 (Review) as well as an iPhone 11 (Review), but the experience was much better on an Android smartphone. Apple’s tight grip on privacy and app controls severely cripples the Pair OS smartwatch. I wasn’t able to respond to notifications when paired with an iPhone, limiting the Oppo Watches capabilities to a notifier. The experience was very smooth when paired with an Android phone, and I could reply to messages with ease. Wear OS auto suggests native replies but I could open a small keyboard and swipe up to type a message. I could also easily take calls on the watch, but I had to raise it next to my face to hear the caller. The people I spoke to had no complaints about call quality.
The AMOLED display has punchy contrast and very good viewing angles. There is an ambient light sensor that automatically sets the brightness. I found the Oppo Watch a bit aggressive with the brightness down to maintain battery life, and I had to manually increase the brightness when I was outside. If you do this often or control the brightness manually, you will notice the effect on battery life. The Oppo Watch responds very well to the sit-up gesture, and the moment you move your hand back down, the display turns off.
The Oppo Watch does a good job of step and distance tracking. While walking I counted 500 steps and the clock counted 513 steps. If you set the watch to track you while you’re outside, it connects to the GPS signal very quickly. I walked for 500 meters and the clock showed 0.51 km which is within acceptable levels. If you’re a casual user who wants a rough idea of the number of steps you take and the distance you’ve covered, the Oppo Watch will do it. For higher accuracy you should consider dedicated fitness trackers.
Heart rate tracking on the Oppo Watch was fairly accurate and was in the same range as reported by the Mi Watch Revolve. The Oppo Watch was also quick to track changes in heart rate while exercising. Sleep tracking was accurate and the Oppo Watch gave me a breakdown of the time I spent in deep sleep, light sleep, and wakefulness. You can only watch this breakup on the watch, but Oppo recommends downloading its Hetap app to sync heart rate and sleep data. The Hetap app also allows you to customize the watch face on the device.
With heart-rate tracking set to constant and some notifications handled, the Oppo Watch lasted me about a day and a half per charge. If you plan on tracking workouts every day and answering a few calls on the watch, you can expect a full day’s battery life. There’s an always-on display option that can be enabled in the Wear OS app, but it will speed up battery life. As with my usage pattern, I found myself charging it in the morning (after wearing it to sleep overnight) while having breakfast, and at that point slowly got into the habit of dropping the watch on the charger.
You can enable the power saver mode to extend the battery life, but that means the Oppo Watch offers limited functionality. Step tracking and heart rate tracking work, and of course it displays the time, but you can’t log workouts, run any apps, or even see notifications. You’ll need to reboot or snap the watch into its charger to exit power saver mode.
Charging the Oppo Watch is not a big problem. It easily slides onto the charging cradle. The clock went up to 43 percent in 15 minutes and to 89 percent in 30 minutes. It took 42 minutes to get fully charged.
The Oppo Watch is very well designed and is a full-featured smartwatch running Google’s Wear OS. In fact, it’s one of the better Wear OS watches I’ve used recently, and the price is reasonable. I would recommend the 46mm Oppo Watch over the 41mm version as the smaller battery can mean less battery life than average.
Sadly, Google hasn’t done much with its Wear OS platform lately, and this watch’s lack of innovative features may be on the platform. If you are an Android user looking for a functional smartwatch, then the Oppo Watch is definitely worth a look. However, if you are an iPhone user, then the Oppo Watch will not be ideal as Wear OS has many limitations. Instead, you can take a look at the Apple Watch Series 3.