Oppo Watch Free leaks with all-new design

It’s been pretty clear a new Oppo Watch Free has been in the works, and we’ve just had our first glimpse of its all-new design.

The leak has come via Evan Blass at EV Leaks, who is pretty reliable with this stuff.

The Oppo Watch Free looks to ape the design of the Huawei Watch Fit and Huawei Band 6, with a tall design that melds the fitness tracker and smartwatch form factors into one device.

It also features the same curvature of the body, which makes it more comfortable on the wrist.

We don’t have any specs details or insights into when it might launch – but we’d assume it would be weeks, rather than months.

Back in May we saw Oppo earn the Watch Free trademark in Europe – and we speculated this could be a sporty follow-up to the original Oppo Watch. And it looks like we were right.

We’d assume that the change in brand and shape means this is designed to sit alongside the existing Oppo Watch rather than replace it.

While the Oppo Watch ran Color OS when it launched in China, it came running Wear OS when it landed West.

It was one of the few devices to break ranks and run A Color OS UI over the top of Wear OS, a strategy that has been mimicked by Samsung, which moved to Wear OS with the Galaxy Watch 4.

It will be interesting to see if the Oppo Watch Free continues with Wear OS when it launches.

Its choice of processor will also be interesting. It seems that a Snapdagon 4100 chipset is needed to support Wear OS 3 – so all eyes will be on whether the Oppo Watch Free chooses to embrace the improved OS. What’s more, will it run Wear 3 from launch, or receive the update in 2022?

So many questions and so few answers – let’s hope we don’t have long to wait to find out.

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