What you need to know
- OnePlus has announced the launch of its first smartwatch — the OnePlus Watch.
- The new smartwatch touts two-week battery life fast-charging capabilities.
- The OnePlus Watch can act as a remote for the OnePlus TV.
After months, even years, of teasers and leaks, and not long after the OnePlus Band launch, the long-awaited OnePlus Watch is officially here with a sleek design and some useful connectivity features. Despite some shortcomings, OnePlus has made sure to outfit the watch with enough features to make this one of the best smartwatches for fitness and a solid companion for the new OnePlus 9 Pro.
The 46mm case of the OnePlus Watch is made from stainless steel, featuring 5ATM + IP68 water and dust resistance for users with an active lifestyle. Underneath the circular 1.39" AMOLED display is a fairly decent set of specs, including 4GB of storage (only 2GB of usable storage, unfortunately). OnePlus ensures enough room for more than 500 songs. There's also built-in GPS, which helps keep track of the 100+ workouts that the OnePlus Watch can automatically detect and track.
Additional health and fitness features include pulse, distance, calories, speed, and SWOLF efficiency measurements. There's also a built-in SpO2 sensor, stress detection, and heart rate alerts. The OnePlus Watch can remind you to get up and move when it senses you've been inactive for too long and has breathing exercises to help you collect yourself.
When it comes to connectivity, the OnePlus Watch comes with standard smartwatch features such as making calls and checking notifications thanks to Bluetooth. OnePlus also touts the ability to intelligently control the OnePlus TV U series, automatically lowering the volume when a call comes in or turning the TV off when it detects the user has fallen asleep. This brings the OnePlus Watch into the ecosystem that the company is trying to build around its products, allowing them to seamlessly connect with each other.
The OnePlus Watch may not run Wear OS to the dismay of many, but with RTOS, the watch can make the most of its 402mAh battery. OnePlus claims that users can get up to two weeks of battery life on a single charge with "sustainable" use. The OnePlus Watch sports a week-long battery life for the most active users, which is still fairly impressive. And when it's on power, Warp Charge technology will provide up to a day's power in just five minutes or a week's work of power in 20 minutes.
The OnePlus Watch will be available for purchase on April 14th for a suggested retail price of $159. There are two colorways; Moonlight Silver and Midnight Black, and the watch will be compatible with traditional strap sizes. In addition to the Classic Edition, OnePlus announced a Cobalt Limited Edition built from cobalt alloy to make it twice as tough and sapphire glass for enhanced brightness and scratch resistance.
Thanks to OnePlus Day (opens in new tab), you can claim a $20 voucher for the OnePlus Watch, making this already affordable watch even more of a steal. The offer must be claimed before April 14th.
A safe bet
A decent watch that doesn't break the bank.
The OnePlus Watch features a lot of what makes a good fitness tracking smartwatch. It automatically detects and tracks over 100 workouts, features built-in GPS to help you go untethered, and touts up to two weeks of battery life so it can keep up with your active lifestyle.
Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.
I did not see any mention if the watch will work with any phone or if it only works with OnePlus phones.
Android 6 and above, so can't just be OnePlus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnF58UVYVJw
Looking at the one plus link it appears to work on any Android phone with marshmallow or greater but says the watch with the one plus phone will provide the best experience of course
To be honest my Galaxy Watch is mostly a Notification conduit. So if the OnePlus watch does this well I may well be interested. When it comes to watches a good Notification system and Battery life trump apps. The Galaxy Watch take over 2 hours to charge so that's another bonus. I use my Galaxy Watch to Read Notifications and Play/Pause/Skips songs. The screen is so small it's just not practical to use Samsung Messages on it and phone calls only work when you're stationary. I don't make many calls and when I do it's usually in WhatsApp anyway. The Weather and Samsung Pay also work well but there's a delay opening Samsung Pay and the smaller footprint means it's fiddler for NFC readers to read it. I tend to just use my phone. Google Play just requires the screen to be on and putting a phone next to the reader is a lot easier.
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