Is that an Apple Watch? That was the first thought that crossed my mind when I received the Oppo Watch. The design and packaging definitely look inspired by the Apple Watch, but the similarities end there since the Oppo Watch runs Google’s Wear OS. Given that tech companies are slowing down their smartwatches and only traditional watchmakers seem to have been promoting Wear OS for a while, it’s good to see Oppo step in. Is the Oppo Watch a strong argument for Wear OS or will this device fail as such? Apple Watch replica? I’m testing the watch to find out this answer.
Oppo clock design
The Oppo Watch can easily be mistaken for an Apple Watch, and some people I’ve met have assumed that it is the fruity device. While the design looks inspired, when it comes to fit and finish, Oppo has pulled it off. The first thing that will draw your attention to the Oppo Watch is the AMOLED display. It is tall, measures 1.91 inches, and is curved on two sides. Not only does this look great, but it comes in handy when you swipe the interface.
The beautiful display flows into an aluminum case that feels premium. There are two buttons on the right and the speakers on the left. The lower button has an accent and can be set to perform any function you choose. This also acts as a power button if you long press it. The button at the top is used to open the app drawer and acts as a back button. A long press will bring up the Google Assistant.
You won’t find any tabs on the Oppo Watch as the bracelets are attached directly to the aluminum case. It looks clean, but the downside is that the design is proprietary and it’s not easy to find replacements. Oppo claims the straps are made of fluorine rubber and are lightweight to the touch. Over the course of two weeks with this watch, these bracelets did not cause irritation or rash on my skin. You can separate the strap from the body by pressing tiny release buttons on the back. Firm pressure is enough to release the strap, but it would not accidentally come off.
On the back of the Oppo Watch, the heart rate sensor is in a dome in the middle, while the rest of the back is made of plastic. The sensor dome is made of ceramic only for the 46mm Oppo watch. The smaller 41mm Oppo watch has a plastic dome. The loading pins point downwards and are slightly sunk. I did not see any discoloration or corrosion on these pens during the reporting period.
Oppo kept the weight of the device down and the body alone weighs 40g. The fluorine rubber bands feel light too, and the watch size felt perfect on my wrist. If you choose the 46mm Oppo watch, you get a larger 430mAh battery than the 41mm 300mAh variant. The 46mm Oppo watch costs Rs. 19,990 while the smaller 41mm Oppo watch is priced at Rs. 14,990. A Watch VOOC flash charger is included. It’s magnetic and will hold the watch in place while charging.
Oppo Watch specifications and performance
Oppo used the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor to power this watch. There is a secondary ambiq Micro Apollo 3 SoC with low power consumption that takes control when the watch is put into energy-saving mode. The Oppo Watch has 1GB of RAM which greatly improves performance. I found the watch to respond quickly to my inputs and didn’t notice any lag in use.
There’s Bluetooth 4.2 to keep the watch connected to your smartphone and 2.4GHz WiFi so it can work independently too. There is no option for cellular data. You also get 8 GB of internal storage. The 46 mm Oppo watch is water resistant up to 5 ATM, while the smaller 41 mm variant is water resistant up to 3 ATM. There are built-in GPS, GLONASS and A-GPS. It also has support for NFC.
The Oppo Watch runs on Google’s Wear OS and can be paired with both an Android smartphone and an iPhone. I paired the watch with a Google Pixel 3 (review) and an iPhone 11 (review), but the experience on the Android smartphone was significantly better. Apple’s strict access to privacy and app control severely impacts the paired Wear OS smartwatch. I was unable to respond to notifications when paired with the iPhone, which limited Oppo Watches’ functionality to being a notifier. The experience was much smoother when I paired it with an Android phone and I was able to reply to messages with ease. Wear OS Auto suggests basic answers, but I could open a tiny keyboard and swipe to type a message. I could also easily take calls on the watch, but had to raise it next to my face to hear the caller. The people I spoke to had no complaints about the call quality.
The AMOLED display offers a powerful contrast and very good viewing angles. There is an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness. I found the Oppo Watch a bit aggressive when it came to keeping the brightness low to save battery life, and I had to manually increase the brightness when I was outdoors. If you do this frequently or manually control the brightness, it will affect the battery life. The Oppo Watch responds very well to the wake-up gesture and as soon as you move your hand back down the display goes blank.
The Oppo Watch does a good job of tracking step and distance. I counted 500 steps while walking and the watch counted 513 steps. If you set the watch to track you while you walk outdoors, it will acquire a GPS signal very quickly. I ran around 500 m and the watch showed 0.51 km which is within acceptable limits. If you are a casual user who wants a rough idea of the number of steps and distance traveled, the Oppo Watch will do it. For greater accuracy, consider special fitness trackers.
The heart rate measurement on the Oppo Watch was pretty accurate and was in the same range as reported by the Mi Watch Revolve. The Oppo Watch also quickly tracked changes in heart rate during exercise. The sleep tracking was accurate and the Oppo Watch gave me a breakdown of the time I spent in deep sleep, light sleep, and awake. You can only see this breakup on the watch, but Oppo recommends downloading the HeyTap app to sync heart rate and sleep data. You can also use the HeyTap app to customize watch faces on the device.
Because the heart rate measurement was set to continuous and some notifications were being processed, the Oppo Watch lasted about a day and a half per charge. If you plan to keep track of the workout every day and also answer a few calls on the watch, you can expect about a full day of battery life. There is an always-on display option that can be enabled in the Wear OS app, but it does reduce battery life. Because of my usage pattern, I charged the watch in the morning (after wearing it overnight to track sleep) while eating breakfast, and it was slowly becoming a habit to drop the watch on the charger at this point.
You can activate the power saving mode to save battery life. However, this means that the Oppo Watch has limited functionality. Step and heart rate tracking work, and of course the time is shown, but you can’t log workouts, run apps, or even see notifications. You will need to restart the watch or snap it into the charger to exit sleep mode.