OPPO confirms it’ll launch a smartwatch, 5G hub, and AR glasses in Q1 2020
Over the last few weeks, OPPO has released a couple of teasers showcasing the OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G — an incredibly thin dual-mode 5G device that’s expected to hit the markets later this month. The teasers have already revealed key aspects of the smartphone’s design, showcasing a quad-camera setup, a notch-less edge-to-edge curved display with a hole-punch cutout, and the interesting dual-tone color scheme. We’ve also learned that the device will be powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 765G chipset and will pack in a respectable 4,025 mAh battery. But that’s not all that the company is planning on launching in the near future. At the ongoing OPPO Inno Day event in China, the company has confirmed that it will be launching a new smartwatch, smart wireless headphones, a 5G hub, and AR glasses in Q1 2020.
OPPO has been teasing its entry into the smartwatch space for a while now and earlier this year in February, the company’s CEO Chin Mingyong mentioned that it will be targeting smartwatches and smart headphones market in the near future. At the ongoing event, OPPO’s VP, Head of Research Levin Liu confirmed that the upcoming OPPO smartwatch will be unveiled in Q1 2020.
ICYMI today Levin Liu, VP, Head of Research also confirmed an OPPO smartwatch will be unveiled in Q1 2020. #CreateBeyondBoundaries 🌐
— OPPO (@oppo) December 10, 2019
While the company revealed no further information about the smartwatch, it did mention having the “technological know-how” to enable eSIM support which requires specific requests from operators. This leads us to believe that they will most likely integrate an eSIM on their upcoming smartwatch.
5G CPE Hub
Along with the smartwatch, OPPO plans to release a 5G connectivity hub called the 5G CPE Hub in the first quarter of 2020. The upcoming 5G hub will accept a SIM card and include support for Bluetooth, ZigBee, and Zwave connectivity for smart home integration, allowing users to connect up to 1,000 devices at the same time.
The hub will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 modem, which can also be found on the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition and the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. It’s worth noting that the 5G CPE Hub only supports sub-6 GHz 5G.
OPPO AR Glasses
In an effort to expand its product portfolio beyond smartphones, OPPO also unveiled new AR smart glasses. These new augmented reality smart glasses run OPPO’s Glass OS and work quite a lot like the Microsoft HoloLens or Google Glass. In terms of hardware, the glasses feature 2 FishEye cameras for a wide field of view, an HD camera, and a Time-of-Flight (TOF) camera for 3D reconstruction.
The AR glasses even include support for 3D surround sound to offer users an immersive AR experience. During a stage demo for the AR smart glasses, OPPO showcased a person exploring our Solar System using hand gestures to navigate between planets. The glasses also displayed information on each planet as the person navigated through them.
Along with the aforementioned devices, OPPO also plans to launch smart wireless headphones in the first quarter of next year. However, we currently have no further information regarding the same. OPPO hasn’t revealed exact release dates for any of these upcoming devices, but we expect to learn more as their launch draws closer.
Thanks to Joshua Vergara from PocketNow for modeling!
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