We’ve known about the OnePlus smartwatch for what seems an eternity, but the wait for its release is finally nearly over.
OnePlus has posted a teaser to its Twitter account, confirming that it will launch the product on 23 March. The teaser video shows off some comments from the OnePlus community clamouring for its release with the caption “You asked for it. You’re getting it”
The teaser also shows off some glimpses of the watch itself.
It seems as if we have a round face, and a textured strap. But anything other than that is just speculation at this point.
It’s also likely to run Wear OS – although that is also unconfirmed.
You asked for it. You’re getting it.
— OnePlus (@oneplus) March 12, 2021
In an interview with Input Mag last year, CEO Pete Lau confirmed the existence of a OnePlus smartwatch and talked about the work the company was doing with Google.
“Wear OS definitely has room to improve. What we’re trying to do is work with Google to try to improve the connectivity between the Wear OS ecosystem, Android TV, and Android smartphones to create this ability for better device interoperability across the ecosystems,” he said.
“This has been something looked at very positively from Google’s side as well, so this is the direction that we’re trying to develop, but we don’t have more than we can share on that right now.”
The OnePlus smartwatch was first rumored way back in 2014, but the project was shelved as interest in smartwatches cooled. Now the market is red hot again, with smartphone makers such as Oppo, Xiaomi and Huawei all making headway.
Huawei has managed to work its way to becoming the second biggest manufacturer or smartwatches by global shipments – and given the Apple Watch has 50% market share yet can only be used by iOS devices, there’s plenty of market still up for grabs.
We’ll bring you the full details on 23 March.