INTRO: OnePlus may have initially stuck to creating flagship phones. But the Chinese giant has now diversified to smart TVs and mid-range phones, with entry-level devices rumored to debut next month. OnePlus is predicted to a different new product that is OnePlus Watch to its portfolio and rumors for an equivalent are up within the air for a couple of years now.
OnePlus May Unveil OnePlus Watch Soon
The much-awaited OnePlus Watch is currently within the works and will launch later this year, alongside the OnePlus 8T series. The Watch, which could carry the model number W201GB, recently showed abreast of Indonesia’s IMDA (Infocomm Media Development Authority) certification website.
It was first spotted by 91Mobiles. As you’ll see within the image below, OnePlus Watch is described as a ‘wearable watch’ and a ‘short-range device’ within the listing. The wearable certification listing coincides with a TechRadar report, which confirms the company’s smartwatch ambitions. A former OnePlus employee is cited saying that OnePlus has “actively been looking into a smartwatch for the last year.”
The listing only reveals the ‘OnePlus Watch’ moniker and zip about the hardware or software. It will be powered by the Snapdragon Wear chipset, possibly the recently launched Snapdragon Wear 4100. The software side of things are going to be shouldered by Wear OS but it’ll be interesting to ascertain if company will offer a skinned experience (like ColorOS aboard Oppo Watch) or not.
No Official Announcement yet
The Chinese giant was on the brink of releasing its first smartwatch back in 2015. OnePlus had completed its design and prototyping but decided to scrap it to specialize in its core mobile business. It wanted to stay hyperfocused on surviving in the cut-throat flagship phone market, especially in China.
There’s currently no official info on OnePlus’ smartwatch plans but its sister company recently debuted its first smartwatch, the Oppo Watch, so it’ll be interesting to ascertain whether OnePlus will compete against this or combat the Apple Watch on Android’s behalf.