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Vivo allegedly patents its first smartwatch

The alleged Vivo watch sketches. (Source: Twitter)
The alleged Vivo watch sketches. (Source: Twitter)
More and more Android OEMs are also releasing wearables these days; now, it seems that Vivo is about to join them. A Twitter leaker claims to have found images, apparently derived from a "patent", showing that this company has designed its first-gen smartwatch.

For an OEM that claims it was inspired by watch-faces while designing the rear cameras for its recent NEX 3 flagship, it is slightly strange that Vivo has not yet made a smartwatch of its own by now. However, a new leak suggests that this company has now moved to correct this deficiency.

This tip comes courtesy of @_the_tech_guy on Twitter, who claims to have extracted images of just such a wearable by Vivo from its patent on the subject. These diagrams show a fairly conventional round-faced device that, with its in-built chronograph, is most reminiscent of the LG G Watch R.

The images also show what may be sensors (perhaps for heart-rate or other health-metric tracking) on its underside, as well as possible connecting pins for charging. Finally, some of this material also suggests that this "Vivo Watch" will have a proprietary strap attachment with a quick-release catch. At present, it is impossible to say when (or even if) this putative new smart device might see a launch date.

The "Vivo smartwatch" from all angles. (Source: Twitter)
The "Vivo smartwatch" from all angles. (Source: Twitter)


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-05- 5 (Update: 2020-05- 5)