What you need to know
- A new rumor claims that the OPPO Watch 3 series will make its debut on August 10.
- The smartwatch will be powered by a Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chipset.
- OPPO's next wearable device appears to have the same square design as its predecessor, but with a higher screen-to-body ratio.
OPPO's next smartwatch has been rumored to make its debut on August 10, powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chipset, according to a new rumor.
Chinese blog site Digital Chat Station has spilled the beans on the launch date of the OPPO Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro (via GSMArena). The purported date sounds plausible, seeing as Qualcomm recently confirmed that the OPPO Watch 3 will come out in August. The announcement was made during the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 unveiling in July.
If the rumor is correct, OPPO's upcoming smartwatch series will be the first to include Qualcomm's latest platform for wearables. It comes in two versions: the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 and Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1.
The platform promises 50% longer battery life and double the performance, while being 30% smaller than the Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform. This means that OPPO's upcoming wearables will be on par with many of the best Android smartwatches, such as the TicWatch E3.
But more importantly, the rumored launch date suggests that OPPO intends to steal the spotlight from Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event, where the Galaxy Watch 5 series will also debut alongside the company's next foldable phones and earbuds.
Digital Chat Station also showed off unofficial renders that give us our best look yet at the upcoming smartwatch series in all its glory. The renders reveal a square design that doesn't seem too different from the OPPO Watch 2. That said, it's noticeable that the OPPO Watch 3 has a higher screen-to-body ratio than its predecessor.
In terms of specs, rumors had it that the OPPO Watch 3 will include ECG monitoring and an LTPO screen. The smartwatch is supposed to ship in black, silver, dark gray, and light gold color variants.
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