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An "ECG Edition" of the OPPO Watch will launch soon

OPPO Watch: coming soon with ECG. (Source: Weibo)
OPPO Watch: coming soon with ECG. (Source: Weibo)
OPPO has announced what it is calling a smartwatch with "professional"-grade electrocardiography (ECG) features. This is because it has been officially certified as such a device, albeit in China only. This wearable, which looks like the OEM's inaugural Watch, will launch worldwide in September 2020.

OPPO has teaserd an "ECG Version" of its first-gen Watch via its official Weibo channel. The OEM asserts that this wearable's new sensor has been approved to track this metric by the national food and drug authority NMPA. Accordingly, it is being touted as a "professional" way for its users to look after their heart health.

ECG is a health-tracking feature of the moment for smartwatch-makers, second only perhaps to blood-oxygen measurement. Samsung has marketed its Galaxy Watch3 and Active 2 based on this up-to-date spec (with mixed results in real-world use, thus underpinning the fact it is still not a replacement for real medical advice).

Now, it seems OPPO is jumping on this bandwagon with this new special-edition Watch. Its buyers should expect a form-factor eerily similar to the Apple Watch in looks, and also boasts elegant 3D curved glass that covers an AMOLED display with bezels that may necessitate sticking to UI elements with dark backgrounds.

As such, it could be one of two smartwatch designs described in a recent OPPO patent. However, the OEM has yet to acknowledge the second, which has a round face that may go very well with the same down-curving glass. The more real OPPO Watch ECG Edition is now slated to launch worldwide on September 24, 2020.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-09-20 (Update: 2020-09-20)