Oppo VP Brian Shen has taken to Chinese social media platform Weibo to share the first image of the company’s upcoming smartwatch. Lo and behold! We have another Apple Watch clone on our hands.
As you can see in the image (above) of the Oppo smartwatch teased by Shen, it bears a very strong resemblance to Apple’s counterpart. Thankfully, there’s one striking difference in the type of navigational buttons it sports.
The Oppo watch has two buttons on the side instead of a crown and a button that the Apple Watch houses. We don’t get a look at the left side of the watch, so it’s possible (but unlikely) that there’s a crown here anyway. Otherwise, the display, as Shen notes, is curved on the sides, unlike the Apple Watch Series 5.
It also looks like there’s some sort of green notification light on one of the buttons of the watch. A microphone hole rests between the two buttons.
Shen doesn’t say much else about the wearable but he’s previously confirmed that it’ll launch in the first quarter of this year. We could expect the watch to show up at MWC 2020, unless the recent coronavirus outbreak delays Oppo’s plans.
On another note, how many Apple Watch clones will we have to see before companies realize they need to do something different? Recently, we saw the Mi Watch and Xiaomi-backed Amazfit GTS sport similar designs. Both even had crowns to complete the Apple-esque look. Not to mention the countless other cheap Apple dopplegangers like these ones.
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Anyhow, other than its obviously borrowed design, we look forward to how Oppo differentiates its smartwatch in terms of features. We expect the usual fitness tracking capabilities, cellular connectivity, and perhaps an ECG sensor. What more could Oppo put in it? We’ll update you as soon as we know more.
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