Oppo Watch X Launches in China on March 22nd with Potential Price Cut and eSIM

Oppo is gearing up to launch its new smartwatch, the Oppo Watch X, in China on March 22nd, 2024. This follows its debut in Malaysia on February 29th. Interestingly, the Oppo Watch X is essentially the same device as the OnePlus Watch 2 unveiled at MWC 2024 in late February.

The key difference lies in the software. While the global version runs Google's Wear OS 4, the Chinese model will utilize Oppo's ColorOS Watch based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This software switch might be a cost-saving measure for the Chinese market. Hardware specifications are expected to remain identical across both versions.

Display and Design:

Oppo Watch X
Oppo Watch X Design and Display
The Oppo Watch X sports a classic circular AMOLED display measuring 1.43 inches with a sharp 466x466 resolution, translating to a pixel density of 326 PPI. The display boasts a peak brightness of 1000 nits for excellent readability in bright environments. Offered in two color options - Platinum Black and Mars Brown - the watch comes with a comfortable fluororubber strap secured by a stainless steel buckle. The watch itself weighs approximately 80 grams with the strap attached.

Performance and Battery Life:

Similar to the OnePlus Watch 2, the Oppo Watch X packs a dual-chipset architecture. The Snapdragon W5 chip handles demanding tasks, while an ultra-low-power co-processor handles less intensive activities to conserve battery life. This combination is claimed to deliver up to 12 days of battery life on a single charge. It's important to note that while Google implemented this dual-chipset system for Wear OS 4, it's unclear if Oppo has achieved the same optimization with their AOSP-based ColorOS Watch.

Chinese Version Might Offer eSIM and Lower Price:

While official pricing for the Chinese market is yet to be revealed, leaks suggest a much more affordable price tag compared to the global market. The estimated price for China is around ¥1,000 (approximately $140), significantly lower than the price seen in Taiwan, where the Wear OS version costs around NT$10,990 (approximately $366). The Chinese version is also rumored to include eSIM functionality, providing users with greater connectivity freedom.

In Summary:

The Oppo Watch X arrives in China on March 22nd, offering a feature set similar to the global OnePlus Watch 2. The key differences lie in the software (ColorOS Watch vs Wear OS 4) and potential price advantage in the Chinese market. The Chinese version might also boast eSIM functionality. Overall, the Oppo Watch X appears to be a compelling smartwatch option, particularly for those in China seeking a feature-rich wearable at a competitive price point.