It’s getting close to a year since Qualcomm finally launched the Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset that everyone thought would re-invigorate Google’s Wear OS platform. Sadly, that wasn’t the case and even now we only have Mobvoi’s excellent TicWatch Pro 3 using the new chip. Things got that bad that Google ended up partnering up with Samsung and merging Wear OS with the Korean company’s Tizen OS to produce a smartwatch OS that is tentatively called ‘Wear’ at the present time. We aren’t sure if Google and Samsung’s announcement had anything to do with the timing, but a new report has revealed that OPPO is developing a new smartwatch that will run on the Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset.
Dubbed the OPPO Watch 2, the new smartwatch is being developed in the usual 42mm and 46mm sizes, which may also result in slightly different battery capacities as well. According to the XDA’s source, there’ll be seven colorways, and the Watch 2 may also sport the square design of its predecessor.
|OW20W3||46mm||Dusty Gray (#FF9B9B9B)|
|OW20W1||46mm||Mine Shaft (#FF1F1F1F)|
|OW20W1||46mm||Steel Blue (#FF4285A1)|
|OW20W2||42mm||Mine Shaft (#FF1F1F1F)|
|OW20W2||42mm||Gold Sand (#FFE9BA9B)|
|OW20W2||42mm||Water Leaf (#FFAAE6E9)|
This is where the details get a little murkier, with the source also saying that the Watch 2 could have 16GB of storage, e-SIM support, and possibly a supplemental processor running a low-powered RTOS (like that seen on the OnePlus Watch) alongside the Snapdragon Wear 4100 chip, capable of running low priority functions and thus extending battery life.
More details will leak in the weeks and months ahead, but I have to say, it’s just nice to hear that another SDW4100-powered smartwatch is under development. Now we wait to see if the OPPO Watch 2 is announced before or after Google and Samsung unveil the first ‘Wear’ release.