Its not every day that a brand-new gamer enters the smartwatch game, so I was intrigued when OnePluss then-CEO Carl Pei hinted last summertime that a wearable might be en route. The rumors have been ramping up the past couple of weeks, and now we understand what the watch will look like. After months of interest, I am … underwhelmed.Ahead of OnePluss upcoming March 23 event, @UnboxTherapy dropped what seems a leak of the oh-so-cleverly-named OnePlus Watch. After scrutinizing the image for about 2 minutes, I can validate to everyone it appears like every other non-Apple smartwatch out there. There are two buttons on the best side, black straps and a black case, and a relatively standard-looking watch face. Woo. This is some drab, milquetoast style and honestly, I expected a little much better from OnePlus.Smartwatch leaker Ishan Agarwal also dropped some more deets on his Twitter, noting that the watch would be 46mm (a huge kid!). Itll also have IP68 water resistance, 4GB of storage, and the capability to control music and OnePlus TV. In terms of health functions, which have ended up being a big selling point for smartwatches, OnePlus will apparently provide automated workout detection, consist of swimming exercises, and also track sleep, tension, blood oxygen saturation, and heart rate. No word on battery life, but Agarwal said itll support Warp Charge, or the ability to get a week of charging in 20 minutes. That suggests that you get at least a week of wear out of this thing, which would be terrific, however who knows.The fascinating part about these reports is that the OnePlus Watch will not run Wear OS, despite being an Android watch. This has actually been greatly reported leading up to the March 23 occasion, and per the Verge, CEO Pete Lau confirmed in a forum that this will hold true. Rather, the business has actually gone with an RTOS (real-time operating system) kind of OS. No word on what that means for a third-party app environment or a digital assistant. As for why OnePlus didnt choose Wear OS, Lau says the company wished to supply a smooth, trusted experience together with great battery life. Wear OS has actually made improvements over the past year, however battery life is still an aching point for that platform. G/O Media might get a commissionThis is all well and good, however its not what anyone would describe as extremely amazing. It d be one thing if OnePlus came barging out the door with a special design, or decided to put its own spin on Wear OS as the Oppo Watch did. But OnePlus looks to have played it safe– perhaps too safe. Unless we see something ridiculous like 30-day battery life, distinct software, or a breakthrough health function (for which we are not holding our breath), this smartwatch seems like it might be for diehard OnePlus fans just.
After months of curiosity, I am … underwhelmed.Ahead of OnePluss upcoming March 23 event, @UnboxTherapy dropped what appears to be a leak of the oh-so-cleverly-named OnePlus Watch. That indicates that you get at least a week of wear out of this thing, which would be fantastic, but who knows.The fascinating part about these reports is that the OnePlus Watch will not run Wear OS, in spite of being an Android watch. It d be one thing if OnePlus came barging out the door with a special style, or decided to put its own spin on Wear OS as the Oppo Watch did.