OnePlus Band, the first wearable from the company, will launch in India on January 11th. The smartphone maker officially confirmed its foray into the wearable market last week. Now, the company has finally revealed when the fitness band will become official.
With OnePlus Band, OnePlus is expanding from smartphones, TVs and audio devices to wearables as well. However, the company has bigger plans for the category. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has also confirmed working with Google to optimise Wear OS for the company’s first smartwatch. Here is what we already know about the upcoming OnePlus Band.
OnePlus Band: expected features and price
OnePlus Band looks like a device that will join the wristbands segment to take on Xiaomi Mi Band 5, Realme Band and Honor Band 5. It will also have competition from Indian brands like Noise and boAt. According to IDC, the segment registered 83 percent quarter-over-quarter growth during the third quarter of 2020.
The BBK-owned company seems to be making an entry at an opportune moment. The teaser page for the device has already revealed some of its features while a separate leak shed more light on specifics of the device. The biggest differentiator could be the dual tone color design that will sit well with OnePlus customers.
It is expected to sport a 1.1-inch AMOLED display and pack a 100mAh battery that could last for 14 days. OnePlus will bundle a USB Type-A charging dongle with the device. The wristband is tipped to support seamless connection with OnePlus smartphones. It will work with Android phones at launch using OnePlus Health app and iOS support is expected to come later.
On the activity tracking front, OnePlus has already confirmed support for Blood oxygen saturation monitor (SpO2) and includes continuous heart rate monitoring as well. There will be 13 dedicated exercise modes and sleep monitoring features. A report claims it will be priced under Rs 3,000 when it goes official next week.
In the sea of wristbands and smartwatches, OnePlus will need more than the standard affair of hardware features to compete. Next week, we will know whether the company has managed to add anything new to a segment that seems to have reached a status quo.