Oppo Watch Free debuted in China on Sunday. It features more than 100 sports modes that include cricket, badminton, skiing, and more but can automatically track only four sports. The Oppo Watch Free sports a 1.64-inch AMOLED display. Being a fitness band, it comes with an optical heart rate sensor and an optical blood oxygen (SpO2) sensor. The smart wearable from Oppo also gets an e-sports mode that diverts all notifications from the smartphone to the Oppo Watch Free while the user is playing a game.
Introducing the Oppo Watch Free
Oppo has priced the Oppo Watch Free at CNY 1,699 ($255) in China and it will be available to purchase in the country from February 9. The fitness band will go on sale in Europe starting next month. The smart wearable also comes in a premium variant with a AMOLED display that goes on sale for CNY 2,599 ($361). Both variants come with interchangeable bands in a variety of colors and patterns. The watch will be available in 8 different gold and silver colors. In addition to that, the device is said to be an "uncompromising" all-weather smartwatch as it comes with an IP68 certification. The smartphone maker says that the waterproof nature of the smart wearable means it can be used in water up to five meters deep.
More Than 100 Sports Modes
This fitness band features 10 sports modes - Cricket, Badminton, Skiing, Martial Arts, Archery, Cricket, Lawn Tennis, Rugby, and Basketball. However, only four of these sports can be automatically tracked by the smart band. The fitness band also has a sleep monitor mode, which has 14 different sleep analysis algorithms. Moreover, it has VO2 Max (level 2) tracking, which can analyze the heart rate and calculate the levels of intensity that a person is using while running or climbing hills. The smart band can also track the number of steps a user has taken, distance, and calories. However, the accuracy of this feature is limited to 15 meters. Besides, the smart fitness band can automatically detect the activities of a user.
Automatically Tracks Four Sports
According to the official description, the Oppo Watch Free uses the GLONASS to accurately track GPS satellite positions and real-time satellite velocity. In addition, the smart band can also monitor user’s heart rate and blood oxygen saturation levels through a dedicated set of three sensors on the body of the smart wearable. The NFC chip in the wearable can unlock the device with the FIDO Identity Manager app. In addition, the band is also water resistant up to 50 meters and packs a 100mAh battery. The Oppo smartband supports 4G connectivity and comes with a 1.44-inch AMOLED display. It can be used as a standalone device as well and can connect with a smartphone using Bluetooth 4.2 technology. The wearable packs a 272mAh battery that lasts up to seven days on a single charge.
Optical Heart Rate and Blood Oxygen Sensor
Oppo Watch Free has a physical heart rate sensor. A press of a button on the smart band, however, will start the heart rate sensor on the back of the smart band instead. A smartphone cannot be paired with the smart band. If one wants to monitor the health of the heart rate sensor, one needs to use the e-sport mode. All the smartphone notifications can be also diverted to the smart band to enable the e-sport mode. Free Sport Mode The free sport mode automatically detects the kind of sport the user is participating in and sends a notification to the smartphone when a signal is detected from the user. It can track all the exercises such as running, swimming, cycling, and more.
As mentioned earlier, the Oppo Watch Free sports an e-sports mode. As soon as the user clicks the gaming button on the tracker, the Oppo Watch Free will temporarily divert all notifications to the wearable and then the app will close to return the notifications to the smartphone. Out Of The Box Coming to the in-box contents, the Oppo Watch Free comes with a standard Bluetooth audio strap. On top of that, the company also bundles a 2.4A Quick Charger, which is a new addition to the company's fitness tracker range. It seems that the Oppo smartwatch does not get much use since the company bundles a standard charger, which is pretty unlikely that many fitness bands users will use on a regular basis.
The Oppo Watch Free is a stripped down version of the upcoming Oppo Watch GT, which is rumoured to be launched as a successor to the Oppo F1 Plus. Despite being launched as a limited edition, the Oppo Watch Free comes with a different set of sensors and features, not including the integrated SpO2 sensor and the e-sports mode. As mentioned above, the Oppo Watch Free is priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 19,500) in China. It is available for purchase in the country in two colour options, Maple Green and Black. The variant that is priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 19,500) is not only limited to online sales. It is listed on one of the e-commerce platforms in China. However, the availability of the watch on other e-commerce platforms is not revealed as of now.