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The first-gen OnePlus Watch comes with a round display, "two-week" battery and a special Cobalt edition

New launch, new Watch. (Source: OnePlus)
New launch, new Watch. (Source: OnePlus)
OnePlus has formally introduced its inaugural smartwatch alongside its new 9-series flagships. The wearable has a round case made of "surgical-grade" stainless steel, or a special alloy in its limited-edition Cobalt version. The OEM claims its 402mAh battery can last for up to 2 weeks, and charges using its in-house Warp technology.

OnePlus has made its first-ever Watch official. This wearable comes in just 1 round 46mm SKU, although the OEM asserts that its design makes it suitable for various wrist sizes. It also claims that it was so particular about the case (apparently made of material also fit for surgical scalpels) involved that only 50% of those manufactured were accepted to complete its "hand-polished" units.

Its 1.39-inch display is AMOLED, and has a pixel density of 326ppi. This potentially always-on screen is covered with 2.5D curved glass, and seems to have something of a bezel. Its custom version of RTOS (the same software found on Amazfit-brand wearables) seems geared towards concealing it, however. It also allows for approximately 50 different watch-faces and over 110 workout modes.

OnePlus has also outfitted this case with 5ATM depth-resistance and IP68 water and dust resistance, as well as compatibility with third-party straps.

This system also incorporates the ability to start this tracking should the user start jogging or running, as well as pulse-monitoring; calorie-tracking; user speed readouts and SWOLF efficiency for swimming - thereby potentially bringing the OnePlus Watch in line with many other up-to-date health-tracking wearables

On that note, the OEM has also packed SpO2 saturation monitoring, stress detection, breath-coaching, sedentary alerts and rapid heart rate alerts, if not blood-pressure monitoring or things like atrial fibrillation alerts.

The OnePlus Watch also does have in-built GPS, which allow for things like distance-tracking and general smartphone-independent progress-tracking. It can also act as a smart remote control for any TVs from its company in its vicinity, even auto-reducing volume when a call comes in or turning a set off if it figures out a user has fallen asleep in front of it.

The wearable should of course connect successfully with a 9-series device via Bluetooth 5.0, and does so through the new OnePlus Health app (although it should of course do so with any other smartphone).

The first-gen OnePlus Watch has 4GB of internal storage, although only 2GB is available for files such as mp3s (about 500 of which should fit on the device). However, the company has failed to cover other data such as its chipset or RAM in unveiling it, not to mention NFC.

In terms of less predictable aspects, OnePlus has announced a special edition of its new Watch in addition to its standard silver and black models. This Cobalt version swaps that steel for an alloy with the element for which it is named, which has come out a gold color instead.

It is also the only edition of the wearable to come with sapphire-enhanced glass (which might have fun in durabiity-test videos) and a leather strap rather than PTFE as in the "normal" Watches.

Finally, it would of course not be OnePlus hardware without some slightly unique battery-tech claims. It, like its smartphone cousins, has Warp Charging for its compatible puck, which, as the OEM claims, can restore a week's worth of battery in 20 minutes.

On that note, that is also the duration a user can apparently expect from a full charge with heavy use, although this extends to as long as 2 weeks with more moderate use.

The OnePlus Watch will start at US$159, €159 or INR 14,999 on its release, which begins on April 14, 2021 for the North American market; April 26 in Europe and April 15 in India.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-03-23 (Update: 2021-03-23)