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Oppo Band 2 vs Oppo Band: larger display, more sports modes

Introduced alongside Oppo Watch 3 the other day was Band 2, a new version of the company’s fitness band. Here’s what’s new and different about the wearable.

The original Oppo Band launched in June 2020. Now more than two years later, we have its successor.

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The Gen 1 device was a solid first effort from the smartphone maker. It comes packing a 1.1 inch AMOLED touch-display, 5 ATM water-resistance, a pedometer, sleep tracking, heart rate monitor and even an SpO2 sensor. This covers the basics that you would expect from a fitness tracker. The 12 sports modes the band tracks include the likes of cycling, running, hiking, free training, badminton, swimming, rowing, elliptical and weightlifting.


Oppo Band 2 vs Oppo Band: What’s new and different?

Design

You could say the original Oppo Band reminds a bit of the recently unveiled Xiaomi Mi Band 7. One might compare the Oppo’s second generation fitness band to Xiaomi Mi Band 7 Pro. This is due to a much larger display this time around.

Its exact dimensions come in at 1.57 inches treading on the separation line between fitness bands and smartwatches. Looking at it you probably would not be sure which of the two it is. The resolution of the screen comes in at 256 x 402 pixels and nits of brightness at 500. All of this is protected by 2.5D glass.

Mind you, this is a lightweight device. It’s weight is only 33 grams while the dimensions measure 45.3 x 29.1 x 10.6mm.

Oppo Band 2 vs Oppo Band
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Functionality

You get the same types of fitness sensors as before, with support for smartphone-connected GPS for outdoor sports tracking. On that topic, the number of sports modes has increased to 100.

Once again you get some non-fitness features. This includes messages, call alerts, around 200 band faces, app notifications, music controls, weather, stopwatch, alarm and find my phone. There’s also NFC connectivity inside the thing allowing for on-the-go payments.

As far as battery life, you get a sizeable 200 mAh battery on-board. This will keep everything going for up to two weeks on a single charge. The battery capacity has actually doubled over the first generation device, but battery life is little changed due to the power hungry large display.

Other specs worth a mention are 5 ATM water-resistance and a Apollo 3.5 SoC, with 8 MB of PSRAM and 128 MB of flash storage. The band has compatiblitiy with both Android smartphones and iPhones, on anything running Android 6.0 and iOS 10.0 or above.

In China the Oppo Band 2 is selling for CNY 249 (around $37) and CNY 299 ($44) for the NFC edition. This is a bit more expensive than the previous version but a great deal for something with such a large display. No doubt, when it debuts internationally it will be slightly more expensive.

Oppo Band 2 vs Oppo Band
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Oppo Band 2 vs Oppo Band: Technical specs comparison

Here’s how Oppo Band 2 and Oppo Band compare in terms of tech specs.

Oppo Band 2
Oppo Band
Release date
August 2022
June 2020
Dimensions
45.3 x 29.1 x 10.6mm
40.4 x 17.6 x 11.45mm
Weight
33 grams
21 grams
Build
Plastic body/silicone strap
Plastic body/silicone strap
Water-resistance
5 ATM
5 ATM
Screen type
AMOLED
AMOLED
Screen dimensions
1.57 inch
1.1 inch
Resolution
256 x 402 pixels
126 x 294 pixels
Always-on display
Yes
Yes
Sensors
3-axis accelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, SpO2
3-axis accelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, SpO2
Sports modes
100
12
Battery capacity
200 mAh
100 mAh
Battery life
Up to 2 weeks
Up to 2 weeks
NFC
Optional
Optional

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