This is what the OnePlus smartwatch was shaping up to be


Long before OnePlus made it clear that the company is focused on smartphones full-time, there were talks of a canceled OnePlus smartwatch. Reportedly, the OneWatch was completed, but never reached production as the company figured its smartphones have better chances on the market.

The wearable leaked back in July 2014, as part of a sketch and in a purported a website screenshot. We saw an elegant circular smartwatch designed to have its straps easily exchanged. We didn't get to hear anything else related to the product for a long while, until OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei tweeted an original design sketch today. It's a newer sketch that dates from 2015, but it illustrates a similar device.

The OneWatch, or however it's called, has a traditional circular look, similar in style to the Moto 360. It boasts an innovative mechanism for attaching and disengaging the watch's circular body to a metallic cradle with openings for threading the wrist band. It would have made for a nice selling point and design showcase, although Apple came up with its own wrist attachment system for the Apple Watch, which would have deprived the OneWatch of the exclusivity.

In his tweet, Carl Pei squashed hopes for an eventual release of the wearable, explicitly stating it "never will be." We're content with that, as long as staying away from risky projects like this helps OnePlus deliver progressively better phones.

source: Carl Pei (Twitter) via Android Authority

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8 Comments

1. tabVision

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Unique yes, but i don't think it will be practical to remove the unit from the band and charge it separately

2. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

When will these companies realize that no one wants a hockey puck on their wrists. All these smart watches are way too thick and clunky. The technology just isn't there yet to make them thin. I also wish these company would get rid of heart rate monitors to make them thinner. I don't need to know my heart-rate every minute of the day. My phone already has one if I need it. That dome shaped glass is a major fail too.

3. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I agree 100% with the HR monitor. The Garmin Vivoactive might be your best option since it's so thin and has no HR monitor. Plus the battery lasts 2+ weeks. It's not exactly the most stylish, though. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into-sports/health-fitness/vivoactive-/prod150767.html#gallery-dialog

5. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

That's not bad actually. If they made a round version it would look much nicer. I like how thin it is.

4. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Give us IRON MAN hand gloves with zarvis support!!!

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Don't you mean Jarvis? I rather have Friday anyway

8. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

Friday please

6. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

So he spend 10 minutes making a sketch and put 2015 on it to show that the company was tossing the idea around? I don't think so... more like trying to act that making watches is beneath them since they already make the current "flagship killer" phone.

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