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OPPO patents a version of its Watch with a 3D-curved round face: new leak

Is this a future Oppo Watch? (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Is this a future Oppo Watch? (Source: LetsGoDigital)
According to an allegedly leaked patent, the OEM OPPO will follow its first-gen smartwatch with 2 more. One of these drops the Apple Watch style for a round face instead; however, it still appears to have the attractive curved-edge glass of its apparent forebear. However, fans of the square face may not be disappointed either.

The current OPPO Watch is the first full-screen wearable from this OEM. It closely mimics the looks of Apple's established product in this category, although it runs Google's Wear OS. A new leak suggests that its next generation may diversify in terms of form-factor, however.

It comes in the form of a patent that appears to have been submitted by OPPO on September 9, 2019, and has been published by the Chinese IP office CNIPA today (September 15, 2020). It shows 2 different smartwatches, one of which has a round face. This putative device appears to have the same kind of display glass as the original Watch, which curves smoothly towards the metal case.

The document's color images suggest that this frame is gray in this new "round OPPO Watch", as is its single button. It also has cut-outs in either end, which are probably attachments for proprietary straps. This may also be true of the second watch depicted in the patent.

This one looks much more like the original OPPO smartwatch: it seems to have dual buttons that look most like a volume rocker. Both alleged smartwatch designs has a group of 5 small circular features on their rear sides, which may be sensors for heart-rate tracking and so forth. However, the round watch lacks the 4 added, smaller dots in a line found below this pattern.

The square model also has what looks like a SIM card slot. Therefore, it seems OPPO may offer more choices in its second-gen Watch: one variant designed to appeal to fans of round wearables, and another with the standalone connectivity options and advanced sensors found in the original Watch. However, OPPO has done nothing to suggest either new model is on the way as yet.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-09-15 (Update: 2020-09-15)
Deirdre O'Donnell
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