Oppo Watch 3 to launch this month with a new design and latest Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chipset
Oppo has confirmed that it has graced the upcoming Watch 3 with the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1, one of two flagship smartwatch chipsets that Qualcomm unveiled last month. Based on a 4 nm node, the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 promises to deliver superior performance and improved battery life compared to the outgoing Snapdragon Wear 4100 and Wear 4100+ platforms. It is worth noting that the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 shares its CPU cores with its predecessor, but the node shift should give it the edge over its predecessor. Also, the chipset utilises a significantly more powerful GPU than the Snapdragon Wear 4100.
According to Digital Chat Station, the Oppo Watch 3 will arrive on August 10. If correct, this means that Oppo plans to reveal its next-generation smartwatch on the same day that Samsung introduces the Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro. Incidentally, the same leaker has shared an alleged render of the Oppo Watch 3. However, the two smartwatches shown feature different designs. Potentially, these could be the standard Watch 3 and the Watch 3 Pro, although this is speculation on our behalf. Either way, one model has a digital crown and an elongated display, while the other resembles an Apple Watch without its signature digital crown.
Unfortunately, it remains to be seen whether Oppo will release the Watch 3 outside China. While the company sells the inaugural Oppo Watch globally, it took a while for the company to offer the smartwatch outside China. For some reason, the Oppo Watch 2 remains a Chinese exclusive, with Oppo continuing to sell the Snapdragon Wear 3100-powered original model globally instead. Presumably, Oppo will not comment on a global release for the Watch 3 when announcing it in China, either.