OnePlus had announced its first-ever fitness tracker, called the OnePlus Band, earlier in January. This awaited Smartwatch has been in the rumor mill for quite some time and OnePlus’ co-founder Pete Lau last month confirmed the smartwatch is indeed in the works and it will see light in the day sometime in the first half of 2021. OnePlus has recently decided to launch not one but two Watch models in India as W301GB and W510GB have received the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) certification in the country.
Technave report recommends the upcoming OnePlus smartwatches that will be rebranded or will be slightly modified versions of OPPO Watch and OPPO Watch RX, which is possible considering OnePlus and OPPO have now merged hardware R&D teams. The OnePlus smartwatches are expected to run on Google Wear OS and there could be a CyberPunk 2077 Edition smartwatch as well, similar to the OnePlus 8T CyberPunk 2077 Edition. The certification shows one smartwatch has the model number W301GB, while the second is listed with the model number W510GB.
It was said by some sources that claimed that the OnePlus smartwatch would not run Google OS, but later the CEO confirmed that the product would still come with such a facility. It was also rumored that OnePlus could be launching another CyberPunk 2077 Edition smartwatch. It is not sure if that would still happen as the video game has been controversial after the release.
Creating accessories to go beside smartphones has been a practice in the tech industry since the generation came so it’s not surprising that OnePlus is making a smartwatch. After Apple and Samsung it was obvious for other brands to come up with such gadgets to compete with the neck to neck. OnePlus first dabbled with the idea of a smartwatch in 2016 but ultimately shelved the idea. CEO Pete Lau confirmed in an interview that the OnePlus Watch is back in the pipeline. He tweeted, “Many of you said you wanted a watch, and as you might have heard over the weekend—we’re making one, to be released early next year. Wishes do come true”.
According to Pete Lau, OnePlus is working closely with Google to develop the software for the watch. He specifically hasn’t said that the OnePlus Watch will run on Wear OS, but the company working with Google leaves little to the imagination. Lau freely admitted that Wear OS “definitely has room to improve.” He went on to discuss how his company is making suggestions to Google on what can be done to make the user experience better for the upcoming watch. OnePlus Watch could cost around $300.