Oppo could miss the opportunity to launch the first interesting WearOS smartwatch in years

WearOS might have to attend a bit longer for the spark it wants, with Oppo’s upcoming smartwatch showing to overlook a giant alternative..

Oppo has introduced that it’ll debut a WearOS smartwatch on July 31st. The brand new watch might’ve been the primary to market packing the Snapdragon Put on 4100.

Qualcomm’s Put on 4100 is the primary true improve for a WearOS chip for the reason that Put on 2100 launched in 2016 (a Put on 3100 was launched in 2018, but it surely featured the identical primary processor and used the identical archaic 28nm course of.)

There are 4 A53 CPU cores within the 4100 clocked at 1.7GHz, changing the 3100’s A7 cores which ran at simply 1.1GHz. Qualcomm estimates the 4100 will present greater than 85 p.c sooner efficiency than the 3100 on the CPU facet. The brand new Adreno A504 GPU, in the meantime, is as much as two and a half occasions sooner than the A304 within the earlier chipset.

The 4100 additionally jumps to a 12nm course of which Qualcomm says will present round 25 p.c battery life.

Sluggish efficiency and poor battery life are two of the primary criticisms of WearOS units. The Put on 4100 ought to repair each issues, and Oppo might’ve led the pack.

Oppo launched its smartwatch in China again in March with a design that’s virtually similar to the Apple Watch. The design is exclusive amongst latest WearOS units which are likely to comply with extra conventional watch types.

The watch Oppo launched in March packed a disappointing Put on 2100 chip, not even a 3100. At that time, the 4100 had not been introduced.

We all know for its international launch Oppo is making modifications. The OS, for one, is utilizing WearOS as an alternative of Oppo’s personal ColorOS (which relies on Android, however isn’t truly WearOS.) The ECG within the Chinese language model might also not make it to the worldwide counterpart, or solely in sure nations, resulting from certification being required by nationwide well being regulators.

Concerningly, the FCC filing for the worldwide model of Oppo’s smartwatch seems virtually similar to the Chinese language model when it comes to {hardware}. Right here’s a screenshot of some specs from the guide:

oppo spec

We’ll have to attend for a extra detailed spec sheet to be launched, but it surely appears silly if Oppo handed on the chance to make use of the Put on 4100. Launching a flagship smartwatch with a two generations outdated chip seems like a recipe for catastrophe.

Qualcomm is assured Put on 4100 smartwatches might be on cabinets this yr, so – if Oppo hasn’t delivered – we might have to attend for one more producer like Mobvoi to present WearOS the spark it wants.

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Ryan Daws