Between brands premium available in Europe, OnePlus is one of the most discussed in recent years. The one which in its time was a benchmark in terms of quality / price for the high-end range, little by little it has continued to climb until it is measured against the best.
In 2020, we saw how the brand expanded its product catalog, offering more affordable terminals such as the OnePlus North, some in line with previous generations like the 8T and for the first time entry-level models. with the N10 and N100 not being highly Recommended, but it shows that OnePlus is suitable for everything. And now they are going for the smart watch.
Pete Lau confirms his first OnePlus watch for 2021
In recent years, the laptop fever has left us with some interest in OnePlus. Virtually all of the tech greats have shown their own smartwatches, some in the more advanced industry and others with more modest proposals. However, OnePlus had not yet moved a tab, and few users requested it.
Many of you have said that you want a watch and, as you may have heard this weekend, we are making one, which will be released early next year. Wishes come true. »Https://t.co/H1Fqv9srXj
– Pete Lau (@PeteLau) December 22, 2020
It was Pete Lau himself who confirmed this on Twitter, indicating that “Several of you have told us that you want a watch, and you may have heard last weekend that we are making one, which will be presented early next year. Wishes come true.
Now that we finally know that OnePlus is going to make its own smartwatch, we can fantasize a bit about the features it might have. As smartwatch enthusiasts, we have a very clear idea of what we would like to see in the first OnePlus smartwatch.
Porter OS with Oxygen OS
Oppo Watch with Wear OS.
For years, Wear OS has been a system that hasn’t had a decent track record, far behind Apple and Samsung. But despite its slow evolution, it’s still a great system for smartwatches, and it wasn’t until I tried realme, Huawei, and Amazfit watches that I really started to appreciate the virtues of the Wear OS ecosystem.
Control of notifications, features like Google Pay and great apps like Google Maps or CityMapper add incredible value. When we add the power of Google Assistant (in watches where it works well) and the ability to send WhatsApp and Telegram messages from the assistant, they make it a unique system. Perhaps far from the best, but very well placed.
On the software side, OnePlus is known for its good optimization and now that Wear OS is more permissive with layers of customization, Oxygen OS could be a version that contributes to the ecosystem in the same way Oppo has done recently.
Snapdragon Wear 4100, NFC, LTE and memory to spare
Most of the Wear OS issues have one main culprit, and that is Qualcomm’s passivity when it comes to using cutting edge technology in its watch processors. Prior to the arrival of the Snapdragon Wear 4100 that we already tested in the Ticwatch Pro 3, the more advanced Snapdragon Wear was based on the technology of the Snapdragon 400 that we saw in the first generation of Motorola Moto G.
The Snapdragon 4100 flies and makes Wear OS for the first time since 2015 feel like an agile, non-stagnant system, delivering great performance in interface, apps, and assistant usage.
As extras we would love to have, NFC connection for payments with the watch and LTE would be much appreciated features (we would even consider NFC as a must-have) as well as at least 16GB of memory for storing local music.
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A design that copies the best smartwatch interface
OnePlus is a company that, when it believes that a solution is ideal, is not afraid to copy it. And in that sense, I would like them to copy Samsung and its rotating bezel, because in my experience I consider it the best way to interact with a watch.
In case you’re betting on the copy of the Apple Watch design (which personally seems most likely), I hope they at least include a digital crown.
Good quality and price
While I wouldn’t expect OnePlus to create a cheap watch (I wouldn’t want them to make a watch that isn’t as good as it gets due to price constraints), we do expect that the first proposal of OnePlus is ambitious in terms of price.
Without having a number in mind, I think that a segment that would make it very attractive would be the 250-300 dollars in the event that they bet on the offer of the best of the best. And given the company’s progress in recent years, we believe it would be able to.
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