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Alleged design patent reveals Vivo smartwatch from all angles

We now have the first real Vivo smartwatch leak. Patent diagrams reveal a circular, fairly sporty looking device with a tachymeter around the bezel and two physical buttons on the side.

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Chinese-based Vivo Communication Technology is a smartphones, smartphone accessories and software maker. It is owned by BKK Electronics, the same outfit that oversees Oppo, Realme and One Plus.

Vivo has been around for just over a decade. Its name stems from the Esperanto language and means “Life”. The company is currently rated amongst the 10 largest smartphone makers in the world.

Rumours are that Vivo is now looking to expand its portfolio of products. Just like Oppo and Realme, the company has turned its sights to wearables. Oppo recently came out with its first smartwatch, Realme unveiled its first fitness tracker.

Now we have the first real hint of the upcoming Vivo smartwatch. The leak comes from Twitter handle @_the_tech guy. He has apparently managed to extract images of the timepiece from Vivo’s design patent that was published by the China Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA).

Here they are below.

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For starters, its good to see we are not getting yet another Apple-watch lookalike. The sporty looking device pictured in these image has a round shape and at two physical buttons on one of the sides. It comes across as a Garmin, Samsung or LG smartwatch, a pretty typical design.

Around the edges is a chronograph, while the underside of the fairly chunky body shows wheat looks to be a heart rate sensor and pins for charging. There’s also a quick release mechanism that can be seen on the strap.

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Will another smartphone maker dip its toes into the smartwatch market? Xiaomi and Oppo have done this in the past few months. Vivo has in 2019 said that it is ready to do so. If these images are real, it looks like we may soon see the first fruits of its labour.

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