Oppo has made Watch 2 official. The device comes packing the Snapdragon Wear 4100 chip along with a dual operating system.
Most of the details were leaked ahead of the big day so there were few real surprises. Oppo had also released a few teaser posters over the past couple of weeks. One of these came with the wording “a shot at the ceiling of Android watches” (direct translation from Chinese).
Oppo Watch 2: technical specs
As expected, the device comes in three different models. This includes two size variants, 46mm and 42mm, along with various colour choices. The 42mm is available in China with Bluetooth and eSIM, the 46mm only with eSIM. It remains unclear whether the global version will also have the eSIM option.
Oppo has chosen to retain the size choices from the first generation timepiece. But other things have changed.
Perhaps the biggest upgrade is that the new timepiece features the Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor and an Apollo 4s secondary chip. Oppo Watch 2 switches between the chipsets based on usage.
The original comes with the 3100 chip. Watches with the latest Qualcomm processor are few and far between. At least for now.
Mobvoi TicWatch 3 Pro is one of the handful that come with the latest tech. Having said that, we are expecting more devices to join this exclusive club in the near future. This includes the new Motorola watches which might land in the coming weeks.
The other important Oppo Watch 2 upgrade is a boost in native storage. This has been doubled to 16GB. Further features include built-in GPS, a selection of some 100 watch faces, stress detection, a new Relax app and something called the Gaming Mode.
The Chinese version runs on a ColourOS based on a combination of Android and RTOS. The international version of the watch is expected to run on Wear OS. Most likely this will be the current version and not Wear OS 3.0 – but one can always hope.
Google has put a dampener on things with its blog post the other day. Apart from Samsung, we are now not expecting any Wear OS 3.0 watches until well into 2022.
In terms of looks, Oppo Watch 2 comes across very much like its predecessor. Hence we get a square-shaped dial with rounded corners once again.
There’s a 3D AMOLED flexible display on-board with a 60 Hz refresh rate, 326 PPI resolution and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. All of this is attached to a skin-friendly fluoroelastomer band with a traditional watch buckle.
The two physical buttons can be found on the right once again. There was talk and hints Oppo might be releasing a circular version of the device, as well, but that has not surfaced yet.
The dual-chip structure conjures up to 4 day battery life. When running purely on RTOS, the timepiece can keep going for up to 16 days.
Oppo Watch 2 availability and price
The official reveal was on July 27th at 3PM local time in China. The watch will be available for purchase in its home country from August 6th with pre-orders already open. No word yet on international availability but this will surely come.
The watch costs ¥1,299 or around $200 for the Bluetooth variant. The eSIM runs at ¥1,499 ($230) for the 42mm and ¥1,999 ($300) for the 46mm.
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A couple of months ago the company had secured the EU naming rights to Oppo Watch Free. It is not clear yet what upgrades are in store but the name and registration details suggest this will be a more sporty take on concept.
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