The upcoming OnePlus Watch could sport a circular smartwatch design

The upcoming OnePlus Watch could sport a circular smartwatch design

Later this year, OnePlus will reportedly introduce a smartwatch after years of toying with the idea. Ahead of the device’s anticipated launch, a new leak is providing some details about what to expect for its design.

According to Max J on Twitter, the OnePlus Watch will feature a circular design, rather than the square look popularized and perfected by the Apple Watch. The circular smartwatch design is actually pretty common in the Android world, made most famous by Motorola’s Moto 360 several years ago.

Very few other details are known about the OnePlus Watch outside of its potential circular design. Most likely, it’ll run Google Wear OS and potentially feature the recently-announced Snapdragon Wear 4100 SoC from Qualcomm. We also expect it to offer plenty of health-focused features, as most smartwatches are wont to do.

OnePlus has aggressively diversified its portfolio over the last few years, releasing the OnePlus TV, wireless earbuds, and an excellent mid-range smartphone called the OnePlus Nord. Really, a smartwatch was more or less inevitable. OnePlus has actually been toying with the idea of a smartwatch since 2016 when CEO Pete Lau revealed the company had designed then scrapped a smartwatch concept. Now, four years later, and the company seems to finally satisfied with the design and performance of what it’s developing.

The sister company of OnePlus, OPPO, recently introduced a new smartwatch that many had thought would serve as the blueprint for the OnePlus Watch. That watch is square, however, and Max J’s Tweet claims we’re getting something that will be circular. That doesn’t mean the two smartwatches will be totally different from one another, but it would mean that OnePlus’s offering should at least have a different design. Max J. could be wrong on this detail but given his past history with successful OnePlus product leaks, we have no reason to doubt his claim.

OnePlus is expected to introduce the OnePlus 8T series sometime this fall, in which case we could also see the unveiling of the OnePlus Watch. Seeing as the company’s smartwatch has been incubating for years now, we’re excited to see its final form, circular or not.

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Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.