Oppo finally made its long-awaited debut in the competitive market for smartwatches a few days ago by releasing a low-cost imitation of Apple’s Watch. Not only do the two look almost exactly the same to the naked eye, but they also come equipped with very comparable features and specifications.
The Chinese company has already established itself as a leader in the smartphone industry, and it is now attempting to do the same thing in the wearables market. Because there is a lot of other competition, this won’t be a simple assignment.
At this time, the Oppo Watch is exclusively sold in China; information regarding its availability in other countries has not been released. In the coming weeks and months, this is unavoidably going to take place. The fact that the device is so comparable to the Apple Watch inevitably leads to comparisons being drawn between the two. Let’s jump right into the nuances of the distinctions.
The Design and Hardware Comparison of the Oppo Watch vs. the Apple Watch Series 5
We’ve already seen Xiaomi’s interpretation of the Apple Watch, and now Oppo has arrived with its own take on the device. Although it is true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we often find ourselves wishing that businesses would be a little bit more creative.
If you’re not paying close attention, you could easily confuse an Oppo Watch with an Apple Watch. Both come with a design that is roughly square and offer a variety of cases and backs to choose from.
Having said that, the product made by the Chinese company does have its own unique personality. The absence of a crown is the primary differentiating factor of this watch. On the other hand, there are two long buttons on the right side of the device, with one of them containing an LED indication right in the center of it. Although we have not yet determined how this feature operates, its addition of it is a lovely touch.
Apple’s products can be purchased in either a 44mm or a 40mm case, depending on the user’s preference. The two sizes offered by Oppo are 46mm and 41mm, making them slightly larger. The display on this device is far larger than the one that is seen on the Apple Watch, which is one of the benefits that this product offers.
Additionally, the screen type has been altered slightly. The display on the Oppo Watch is an AMOLED, while the display on the Apple Watch is an LTPO OLED Retina. In comparison to the 44-millimetre Apple Watch, which has a resolution of 368 by 448 pixels, the 46-millimetre iteration of the Apple Watch has a resolution of 402 by 476 pixels.
In addition to having dimensions that are slightly larger, the Oppo Watch is also 0.7 millimetres thicker than the Apple Watch. Our investigation led us to the conclusion that this measurement solely applies to the display, notwithstanding the assertions of several media sites that it has a thickness of only 4.5 mm (which is based on marketing literature).
Although the water resistance is the same at 5 ATMs, the model of Oppo Watch that is 41 millimetres in diameter is only good for 3 ATMs. Again, this is a distinction that the majority of users won’t notice.
As was previously stated, both of these watches are offered in a variety of configurations. A variety of aluminium, stainless steel, titanium, and ceramic casing materials are available for the Apple Watch. Both a conventional aluminium model and a premium stainless steel model of the Oppo Watch are at your disposal to choose from. Whatever watch you choose, you can change the straps whenever you want.
Both wristwatches, as one might anticipate, are packed to the brim with sensors capable of monitoring one’s level of physical activity. There is also NFC for contactless purchases and GPS for more accurate monitoring of your outside workout. Both of these technologies are available.
In conclusion, both of them come equipped with cellular connectivity, in addition to a microphone and a speaker. However, the Apple Watch is equipped with 32 gigabytes of storage space as opposed to only 8 gigabytes.
Everything on the Series 5 is powered by a system integrated circuit (SIP) of the fifth generation, termed S5. It is essentially the same as the one that can be found on the Series 4 but provides performance that is twice as quick as that of the Series 3. The Oppo watch features a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2500 CPU and an Apollo 3 co-processor. The second one goes into a mode that conserves electricity.
Apple has not yet conquered the challenge presented by battery life. The Series 5 will continue to function for approximately 18 hours between charges, just like its forerunners. Oppo has been able to improve upon that despite having specifications that are comparable and running Wear OS (with the ColorOS customization layer). In full mode, the 46mm model will continue to function for approximately 40 hours, while it will function for 21 days in restricted mode. On the 41mm iteration, you may anticipate approximately half of this.
Fast charging is a feature that is also available on the Oppo Watch. The battery life of the device can be extended to around 18 hours with just a fast top-up that takes only 15 minutes. This is the amount of time that can be gotten out of a full charge on the Apple Watch. Simply placing the Oppo Watch on its charging stand for 75 minutes will bring the watch’s battery from dead to fully charged.
The following is an overview of the commonalities and contrasts in both the design and the hardware.
Apple Watch Series 5
Glass front, stainless steel frame or aluminium frame, ceramic/sapphire crystal back or plastic back
Aluminium, stainless steel, titanium and ceramic case options.
Ion-X strengthened glass; Sapphire crystal and ceramic back.
46 x 39 x 11.4 mm
41.45 x 36.37 x 11.4 mm
44 x 38 x 10.7mm
40 x 34 x 10.7mm
46mm: 1.91 inch
41mm: 1.6 inch
44mm: 1.78 inch
40mm: 1.57 inch
46mm: (402 x 476 pixels)
41mm: (320 x 360 pixels)
Curved AMOLED screen
LTPO OLED Always-On Retina display with Force Touch
1000 nits brightness
46mm: 40 g (aluminum) / 45.5 g (stainless steel)
Case weight: 30.1g (for 40mm version); 36.7g (for 44mm version)
3-axis accelerometer sensor, Gyroscope sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Barometric pressure sensor, optical heart rate sensor, Ambient light sensor, GPS (A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS), NFC, eSIM
Optical heart rate sensor, Electrical heart sensor, improved accelerometer up to 32 g?forces, improved gyroscope, GPS (GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS), barometric altimeter, compass
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Electronic SIM card, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
Microphone and speaker
41mm: 20 hours of usage, 14 days in long battery mode
46mm: 40 hours of usage, 21 days in long battery mode
Qualcomm MSM8909W Snapdragon Wear 2500 (28nm), Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
Apple S5 with 64-bit dual-core processor
ColorOS Watch, compatible with Android 6.0 and above
Price (typical RRP)
starting at $215
starting at $399
Apple Watch Series 5 vs. Oppo Watch: A Comparison of Their Features
Monitoring of Activity
Both of these smartwatches come equipped with the majority of the features necessary for an average individual to monitor their fitness around the clock. a barometer for counting levels, a step counter, and a lot of other features.
Native sleep tracking is something that can be found on the Oppo Watch but is absent from the Apple Watch. If you want to monitor your sleep, you’ll have to make do with an app from a different developer until the Cupertino company figures out how to enhance its battery life.
Aside from this, both watches are able to monitor a variety of sports, whether they take place on land or in water. Additionally, they come equipped with GPS for more accurate tracking of activity when outdoors.
However, in terms of overall health aspects, Apple is considerably ahead of its competition. Although both of these devices contain an ECG (electrocardiogram) sensor, the Series 5 goes one step further by also detecting abnormal heart rhythms and providing notifications for high and low heart rates. Last but not least, it also has a function that detects falls.
The operating system (OS) that is used by the Oppo Watch is called ColorOS, and it is essentially a modified version of Wear OS. The Apple Watch utilizes the Apple corporation’s in-house developed Watch OS. Native and third-party apps are available for just about everything you can think of, and watchOS 6 has a lot of new features.
Other capabilities that are not related to fitness are included on both the Mi Watch and the Apple Watch. These features include cellular connectivity, which allows you to make calls even when you are not near your phone. The eSim functionality that Oppo offers enables owners to continue using the same phone number that is stored on the SIM card that is currently installed on their device. Apple, on the other hand, has a device that is limited to GPS functionality.
Aside from that, both watches come equipped with internal memory for audio, an NFC chip for making contactless payments, SMS and calendar alerts, and other features.
The Verdict Between the Oppo Watch and the Apple Watch Series 5
Both of these watches are packed to the brim with functions, in addition to having an attractive design. However, there are certain key distinctions that should be kept in mind.
The Oppo Watch has a great battery life (40 hours compared to 18+ hours on the Apple Watch), a larger display, and a far lower price than the Apple Watch. These are the things that work in its favour. The timepiece produced by the Chinese company would set you back around half as much as an Apple Watch, beginning at a price of $220.
The wearable created by the company based in Cupertino does not include a tracking feature for sleep, but it does offer a few more health tracking features, like the identification of irregular heart rates, notifications for high and low heart rates, and fall detection. In addition to that, it comes with a well-proven operating system, a plethora of applications developed by third parties, and a few other configuration choices. Unfortunately, the lifespan of the battery continues to be a problem.