The Oppo smartwatch really does look like the Apple Watch – and has ECG too

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We’ve been waiting for news of an Oppo smartwatch for sometime, and now details have leaked on Weibo – and a brand new render too.

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The Weibo post – now deleted but spotted by Gizmochina – reveals two important pieces of information about the Oppo smartwatch. It’s set to feature a square watch face, much likes the Apple Watch Series 5.

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And the subsequent render (above) which has also landed on Weibo backs that up 100%. It shows a similar shape and thickness, but with two buttons on the bezel rather than a Digital Crown.

And that’s not the end of the Series 5 similarities. Much like the Series 5, an ECG monitor will be a headline feature of the new smartwatch.

Oppo, better known for its smartphone business, has confirmed it’s working on wearable projects, and that one of those projects is a smartwatch. This would signal the first time that the company has dabbled in the wearable space and based on its phone successes.

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The tech giant has been making bigger moves outside of its native China in the past year, selling its slick, high-powered smartphones.

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Back in summer 2019, Oppo’s vice president, Shen Yiren, announced via social media site Weibo that the company is hard at work on a smartwatch.

The post is pretty brief, and also details some work on noise-reducing headphones.

That Oppo has plans for smartwatches is far from shocking news. After all, even earlier in 2019 a patent for a truly bizarre foldable smartwatch was unearthed from the Chinese company.

Beyond that short post, very few firm details have emerged about the smartwatch, but we imagine speculation about hardware, operating system more will ramp up closer to a big reveal.

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Yiren did offer some hints about the design of the watch, though, indicating that Oppo was debating whether to go with a circular or rectangular display, based on the best use of space.

And it seems that a rectangular screen has won the day.

Huawei, Xiaomi and Amazfit have all moved away from choosing Wear OS as an operating system (although the Xiaomi Mi Watch has used a forked version). So it will be interesting to see what Oppo chooses here.

What’s more, back in 2015, there were rumours that we would see an Oppo smartwatch, but it never materialised. Insiders who believed it was happening claimed the device was capable of fully charging in just five minutes.

Oppo has been working on its own proprietary quick charging tech, so maybe it has something in store for its smartwatch on the battery front.

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So when will we see this Oppo smartwatch? It could be on for a 2020 launch – so let’s hope it’s something to really get excited about.

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