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Hands on: OnePlus Watch has good hardware



After years of customers asking OnePlus to make a smartwatch, they finally did. OnePlus Watch will be released later this month, and we’ve had the chance to spend some hands-on time with the product.

At first glance, the OnePlus Watch may look a little familiar, and that’s because the design is basically identical to Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active series. Is that a bad thing? Not at all! The circular body looks great on the wrist, even though it is slightly on the larger side. I think anyone with a medium to large wrist will feel good with this hardware, but those with smaller wrists and hands may feel a little overwhelmed with the OnePlus Watch size.

However, that size allows for a healthy screen size, but the screen is of solid quality with suitable brightness. The glass itself is also comfortable on the fingertips, which can easily be overlooked on other hardware.

Rounding off the hardware is the tape, which uses a style that is not so different from Fitbit’s silicone tape. The locking mechanism inserts a knob through the strap with excess strap passed through the inside. Functionally, it’s great, but I worry about long-term use. With Fitbit’s band, I developed a minor rash where the band sat on the inside, and I wonder if OnePlus will be able to avoid that problem. If not, the watch happily uses a standard spring pin, which means other options are easy to find.

Curious about the software? The battery? Health features? I wish I could tell you more, but there are two reasons I can not. First, I’ve only used the OnePlus Watch for a few hours. For another, OnePlus only allows the media to talk about the hardware and … that’s about it. For more information, check out the launch coverage of the OnePlus Watch and stay up to date for a full review in the not too distant future.

You can buy the OnePlus Watch from April 14.

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