Oppo VP Brian Shen, acknowledged that a rectangular design would make people compare the Oppo watch with other smartwatches.
Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd, commonly referred to as OPPO, is a Chinese consumer electronics and mobile communications company headquartered in Dongguan, Guangdong, in China, and known for its smartphones, Blu-ray players and other electronic devices that are made in China.
A few months ago, Oppo VP of global marketing Brian Shen confirmed that the company was working on its very first smartwatch. The company is looking to enter the smartwatch segment to take on the likes of Xiaomi, Huawei and Apple, among others. While there is no word yet on when exactly the Oppo smartwatch will launch, Shen has been teasing some details about it on Chinese social media site Weibo. The company VP has confirmed that the it’s smartwatch will come with a rectangular dial.
The Oppo VP revealed in a post on Weibo that a square-shaped body would make people compare the watch with other smartwatches. He believes that the rectangular display is better at presenting information compared to circular screens. But, circular smartwatches give a more traditional watch-like feel and are the preferred design by most Android smartwatch makers.
With this offering of a square dial, Oppo will be compared with the likes of Apple Watch, similar to what happened with the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Smartwatch. It not only sports a squarish screen but also gets a rotatable crown and flat button, which resemble the buttons on Apple’s smartwatch.
The Oppo watch is expected to run on Google’s Wear OS and could be powered by the upcoming Snapdragon Wear 3300 chipset, but these are mere rumors at this point. However, we expect Brian Shen to reveal more details in the coming days or weeks.
There is no info yet on when OPPO’s smartwatch will launch but at least we know it is still in development. The company revealed back in February it plans to add smart products such as smart headphones, smartwatches, and smart home products to its portfolio.