OnePlus could be about to return to the smartwatch race with a new, very affordable wearable.
This is according to a new report published by 91Mobiles and attributed to Yogesh Brar; a well-known tech whistleblower on Twitter. According to Yogesh Brar, OnePlus is gearing up to launch a budget device in India. The cheap smartwatch will cost between 5,000 and 8,000 rupees. To put that into context, that would put the smartwatch in the sub-$100 category; and against devices like the Realme Watch 2 Lite smart health connected watch.
There is no information in particular about the specifications and features that the OnePlus Nord might offer. But the device could launch alongside the Nord 3 smartphone that has been rumored for a while.
It wouldn’t be OnePlus’ first smartwatch. That dubious honor goes to the OnePlus Watch, which launched in 2021. The smartwatch was highly anticipated after being mothballed in 2016.
However, despite an attractive $159 price tag and decent build and design, the result was a software horror show; with basic, buggy and incomplete features that made it impossible to recommend. A real disaster!
We denounced the precision of the GPS and the software bugs that made it unusable; including changing the language to Urdu during an update. But we concluded at the time that these were aspects of the experience that could be corrected; and that the watch itself and the battery life were all sound.
If OnePlus has spent the last two years fixing the software aspect, then an entry-level offer may prove attractive. The company has already shown that it can build something high-end at an affordable price. So repeating this trick could be a path to redemption.