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Oppo reportedly working on its own version of Airtags

Oppo could be working on an in-house object tracker to rival Airtags
Oppo could be working on an in-house object tracker to rival Airtags (image via Apple)
Following Samsung and Apple's footsteps, Oppo seems to be working on object trackers. Leaked images from Weibo show that it packs a USB Type-C port for some reason. An ultra-wideband chip is thrown in, too.
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Although object trackers have been around since as early as 2017, they were essentially a niche product. They could now be what smartwatches/fitness bands/TWS earbuds were some time ago- yet another part of the ever-increasing 'ecosystem' brands are looking to create. Oppo appears to be the first Chinese OEM to express interest in the object tracker market. We stumbled upon it earlier via a patent filing.

Renders of what appear to be OPPO's Airtag/Galaxy SmartTag equivalent showed up on Weibo (via XDA Developers). There isn't particularly unique about its shape. It does, however, come with a USB Type-C port for some reason. This is a less than ideal solution, as it makes Oppo's yet-to-be-announced trackers prone to water damage. Furthermore, it adds yet another piece of equipment that requires charging. Wireless charging functionality would have been ideal, but Oppo could have left it out due to increased costs.

Another noteworthy feature that Oppo's object tracker offers is UWB (ultra-wideband) functionality. UWB is ideal (and more accurate) at tracking objects nearby. Bluetooth and NFC could be included, too. There is, however, one slight problem. None of the Oppo phones launched so far come with a UWB chip. Assuming this leak is accurate, some of Oppo's future offerings could ship with a UWB chip. Unfortunately, that does nothing for Oppo's existing customers, who will have to miss out on the object tracker's best feature.

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Alleged photo of Oppo's upcoming object tracker (image via Weibo)
Alleged photo of Oppo's upcoming object tracker (image via Weibo)
Alleged photo of Oppo's upcoming object tracker (image via Weibo)
Alleged photo of Oppo's upcoming object tracker (image via Weibo)

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Anil Ganti
Anil Ganti - Senior Tech Writer - 579 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I got my first writing gig at the age of 19. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry and a few other publications like Wccftech before joining Notebookcheck in November 2019. I cover a variety of topics including smartphones, gaming, and computer hardware.
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Anil Ganti, 2021-04-22 (Update: 2021-04-22)