It’s fair to say that the OnePlus Watch left people a little underwhelmed. The price was attractive, and the watch looked quite elegant, but the product felt unfinished, and many of the features, such as an always-on mode, were not available at launch. It felt like a bit of a missed opportunity, with the OnePlus Watch rushed out before it was really ready.
Since then, there have been plenty of rumors about the next version of the OnePlus Watch, and this time it seems that OnePlus is taking its time to get things right, as the OnePlus Watch 2 is still not going to be officially announced.
What will the OnePlus Watch 2 look like? Will it stick to the same round design, will there be any significant upgrades, and will it still run the same OS? Here’s everything we’ve heard so far about the OnePlus Watch 2.
OnePlus Watch 2 release date
There isn’t a huge amount of information to go through here; the OnePlus Watch 2 release date is still pretty vague. Most sources agree that the OnePlus Watch 2 will be released sometime in 2024, but when exactly in 2024 is yet to be confirmed.
The OnePlus Watch 2 has been spotted on the Bureau of Indian Standards website, often indicating that a release is reasonably imminent. This means we could see the OnePlus Watch 2 release in the earlier part of 2024.
OnePlus Watch 2 price
- It is unlikely to see a huge price increase
This is another area where there has been very little in the way of rumours. The original OnePlus Watch launched at $159/£149, which was very competitive compared to other smartwatches on the market, although with the OnePlus Watch it seemed to be a case of getting what you paid for. We expect OnePlus to continue to try to undercut the competition in terms of pricing, so while the price might be a bit higher, it’s unlikely to match the price of an Apple Watch Series 9 or Samsung Galaxy Watch 6.
- The circular design remains, with the addition of a mysterious bulge
This is where we know a lot about the OnePlus Watch 2. That’s because some renders purporting to show the new OnePlus Watch 2 have leaked online. These renders show that the OnePlus Watch 2 will retain the same circular design as the original OnePlus Watch.
The overall design is quite similar, but there is a fairly clear departure from the design of the first OnePlus Watch. On the right side of the watch there is a protrusion from the watch case. On the edges of the protrusion are two buttons, just like on the original OnePlus Watch, but in this case the top button is circular and the bottom button is elongated.
However, the longest side of the protrusion is the interesting part. This is too big not to play a significant role in the new OnePlus Watch 2. Is it some form of digital crown that lets you scroll through your screen? Is it a fingerprint sensor? Is it the sensor needed to take an EKG reading? Is it all three? It will be interesting to find out as the protrusion kind of ruins the otherwise sleek look of the OnePlus Watch 2, so it must be there for a pretty significant reason. We will update this article if we find out more about this mysterious bulge.
- 1.43-inch AMOLED screen and Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chipset
There are a couple of key rumors about the hardware in the OnePlus Watch 2. The first is that the display will be a 1.43-inch AMOLED display, which is slightly larger than the 1.39-inch AMOLED display on the original OnePlus Watch. This screen is rumored to have a resolution of 466×466. It remains to be seen if this display will have always-on mode at launch, something that was sorely lacking on the first-gen OnePlus Watch until it was added in an update.
The other big hardware news is that the OnePlus Watch 2 is rumored to run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chipset. This should offer a significant performance boost over the STM32 chipset in the original OnePlus Watch and should also be more power efficient as well. Other rumored hardware includes the addition of an EKG, as well as a return of the sensors for blood oxygen monitoring and stress and sleep monitoring.
OnePlus Watch 2 OS
This is another fairly significant change, if true. The original OnePlus Watch runs on OnePlus’ own custom OS based on RTOS. The intention was to try to offer improved battery life and fast and reliable performance. However, this means that the OnePlus Watch cannot run Wear OS apps.
If rumors are to be believed, the OnePlus Watch 2 will run WearOS 4, indicating that OnePlus has given up on its own proprietary OS and will instead use Google’s smartwatch operating system. WearOS has its flaws, but this will open up a whole host of third-party apps for the OnePlus Watch 2 that aren’t available on the original model.
OnePlus Watch 2: What’s the story so far?
These are the main rumors we’ve heard so far about the OnePlus Watch 2.
November 10, 2023: OnePlus Watch 2 will run WearOS 4
After the leaked images, journalist Max Jambor tweets that the OnePlus Watch 2 will run WearOS 4.
November 10, 2023: OnePlus Watch 2 renders a leak showing the full design and key specifications
Mysmartprice posted a leak of renders that supposedly show the OnePlus Watch 2. The renders show a circular watch face with what appears to be a large button or sensor of some kind on one side. Other details of the leak suggest that the OnePlus Watch 2 will have a 1.43-inch AMOLED display and be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chipset.
October 31, 2023: OnePlus Watch 2 spotted on India’s BIS certification website
Mysmartprice broke the news that the OnePlus Watch 2, with model number OPWWE231, was spotted on the Bureau of Indian Standards website, indicating that the product might launch in the coming weeks.
October 6, 2023: OnePlus Watch 2 will keep its round shape and release in 2024
Max Jambor tweets that the OnePlus Watch 2 will stick to the signature style of the round OnePlus 11 camera, the round OnePlus 12 camera, the round OnePlus Pad camera and the round OnePlus Open camera. In other words, the OnePlus Watch will also be round and will arrive in 2024.
September 14, 2023: OnePlus Watch 2 will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chip will come in black and white
Leaker MlgmXyysd tweets that the OnePlus Watch 2 will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chipset, come in black and white models and have a 466×466 round display.
September 14, 2023: OnePlus Watch 2 will have dual buttons, crown, ECG and fist gestures
MlgmXyysd follows up with another tweet with more in-depth details on the new watch, which it claims will have a dual button, crown, EKG, fist gestures, eSIM, blood oxygen sensors, a barometer, stress and sleep monitoring, and WeChat Pay.
March 25, 2022: OnePlus Band 2 and OnePlus Watch 2 are in the works
Pricebaba reports that it has been told by leaker Mukul Sharma that production of the OnePlus Band 2 and OnePlus Watch 2 has begun in Europe and Asia.
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