Oppo has released a variant of its smartwatch capable of taking an electrocardiogram (ECG). The news was shared at the company’s Developers Conference earlier today.
The tech giant released Oppo Watch in China back in March and the rest of the world four months later. ECG was amongst the publicized features of that device, however this never made it to the final edition. Oppo has fixed this now with this special ECG edition.
The problem is you can’t just add such functionality and enable it. You need regulatory approval and it seems this was one of the things that was missing. The company has said on Weibo that it has fulfilled this obligation.
However, it is not clear whether the stamp of approval was only received in China. This morning’s launch was for that country only. For it to be available in the US, the company needs the go-ahead from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There are claims in the press Oppo has managed to secure registration as a Class II medical device by the FDA but this is unconfirmed.
Support for ECG on a smartwatch is something that was made famous by the Apple Watch. Other companies have jumped on-board including Withings, Samsung and Fitbit. Oppo says its watch offers medical-grade accuracy for ECG detection. The timepiece is also capable of spotting abnormalities such as atrial fibrillation, premature heartbeats and supraventricular tachycardia.
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Oppo Watch ECG comes only in a 46mm variant. To remind, there’s also a 41mm edition of the non-ECG watch. Everything else about the device is the same as the original. Which means the 46mm ECG comes with a 1.9 inch AMOLED touch screen with with a dual-curved display and 6000-series aluminum alloy frame. The typical fitness sensors are there, including heart rate and built-in GPS.
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