With pretty much no important question on the high-end OnePlus 9 handset family
left unanswered well ahead of the company's big March 23 event
, our attention is moving almost entirely to the brand's highly anticipated and long overdue rookie smartwatch effort.
The undoubtedly circular intelligent timepiece
is expected to come in a single 46mm case size, which would certainly be an... interesting choice given that the Tizen-powered Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
, for instance, is available in 41 and 45mm models, while the industry-leading Apple Watch Series 6
can be purchased with either a compact 40mm or a large 44mm dial.
On the bright side, it sounds like you'll at least be able to choose between black and silver color options of the first-gen OnePlus Watch, both of which will purportedly handle water immersion and dust contact with ease. In addition to keeping an eye on your swimming sessions, the feature-packed wearable device should also be capable of monitoring your heart rate, stress levels, blood oxygen saturation, and sleep quality, as well as automatically detect different types of workouts and physical activities.
Incredibly enough, the OnePlus Watch is also tipped to support the company's proprietary Warp Charge technology and deliver one week (!!!) of battery life after just 20 minutes of charging. That seems unlikely (to say the least), unless OnePlus
plans to load up some sort of a tweaked Wear OS platform
on this device with an ultra-low-power mode focused entirely on reducing energy consumption by switching off various sensors and "smart" features.
Naturally, you should be able to check out your Android handset and iPhone notifications on your wrist with this bad boy, as well as control music, and yes, even make and receive voice calls without syncing to a mobile device as long as you don't have a problem paying extra for optional standalone LTE connectivity.
Once again, however, we don't know exactly how much the OnePlus Watch
is supposed to cost in either a Bluetooth-only or cellular-capable variant, but something tells us we'll find that out before March 23 as well. Stay tuned!