The Chinese company Oppo launched its new generation of smartwatches, Watch 3 series, in August with a price of RMB 1,599 – RMB 2,099 ($228 – $300). The company first entered the market in 2020 and updates it every year.
The latest series has a new look and offers better features such as long battery life, and always-on operation supported by an LTPO OLED display.
The model we tested, the Watch 3 Pro, is currently only available in mainland China and Oppo has not yet announced plans for overseas markets, but there is hope that eventually it will be sold worldwide.
The first thing that impressed us about Oppo’s new Watch 3 Pro is the large 48.5 mm curved display. It has more places to display content than most of its Android competitors. Apple’s newly released Apple Watch Ultra comes with a 49 mm display but is more than double the price of Oppo’s offering.
The larger display allows the watch to display more information and users can track multiple metrics at the same time. An innovation is the watch’s curved shape, which fits better with a wrist and provides a clearer view when examining the watch from different angles.
Another feature of the watch is the rotating crown on the side. There are other ways to interact with the clock, considering the slide on the touch screen may block the display of other content. The cap also supports realistic vibration feedback while spinning.
Good experience on the wrist
The large watch weighs less than 37.5 g (without bands), – a product for users for lighter weight.
The black model we reviewed comes with a classic-looking black rubber strap. The band is fastened by the steps rather than being completely fixed, which leaves it open to the possibility of being too loose or too tight if your wrist is not aligned with the fixed steps. freeze
The rubber material is waterproof (probably making it a good partner for swimmers) and is also easy to clean. But for daily use, we recommend getting a nylon or Milanese strap, which fits more wrists and has better breathability. If you want a more elegant look, the silver version with a leather strap is also a better choice.
Knowledge is important
The system interface has a reasonable design, with good readability and easy access. The font size and weight are well chosen, while important information is marked with real colors. The transition animation is fast and clean.
With a swipe from the home screen, the watch can access all the important secondary interfaces, such as important health indicators, widgets, quick settings, and notifications, well just like the phone’s swipe-up feature.
The watch we reviewed was installed with ColorOS, and given its marketing for the Chinese market, it does not support Google Play or other WearOS features. It provides more than 80 applications from the built-in app store, covering most Chinese apps such as WeChat and Alipay. This means that if you activate the e-SIM feature, you can leave your phone at home and access the most important software.
And just like other smartwatches, you can receive notifications and calls, monitor sleep stages, and take a quick electrocardiogram (ECG) test. However, the ECG app, for now, says “coming soon.”
A great workout partner
When doing vigorous exercise, the weight of the watch and its tight face take some getting used to.
However, the Watch 3 Pro has the potential to be a great working device. Oppo sets four goals for users to hit, showing these as four circles: steps, calories, workout, and activity. We found it a little difficult to achieve the goals in advance, but one can adjust them to meet your needs.
The device can recognize six types of exercise, including running, walking, cycling, swimming, elliptical machine work, and rowing machine work. We have tried walking and cycling and it has no problem detecting the former, but some are forgotten so we have to manually record the workout from the health app instead.
When it comes to manual recording, the watch has many different modes to choose from, with some having detailed settings. Dance, for example, has ten different styles, including waltz, street, and jazz. While this allows health enthusiasts to pursue their niche interests, it can feel daunting for new dancers. It also doesn’t have any more general options to fill rare jobs or free jobs.
The recorded activities often provide information about GPS maps, time, calories burned, heart rate, and more. It even mentions heart rate variability, helping users understand how close to their maximum heart rate certain activities get them; For example, zone one is “warmup” and zone two is “fat burning.”
The battery is long
Oppo Watch 3 Pro’s battery life is impressive. Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 processor provides better performance and half the power consumption compared to the previous generation. It has a large 550 mAh battery, even larger than the Apple Watch Ultra’s battery capacity, according to iFixit.
We turned almost all the features of, including the always-on display, the daily heart rate and blood oxygen measurement, and the auto-detect function, to drain its power as quickly as possible. We have also connected it with a phone that is set up with many news and social media, sending many notifications to ensure that the viewers have a longer time. Despite all this, the watch managed to last three days without charging. For regular use, the battery should last a few more days.
With its charging station, the watch can be fully charged in one hour.
What surprised us is that Oppo has adopted a universal design for its charging station: you can plug in a USB Type-C cable and support it. Help travelers carry one less cable.
Another beauty is the stand using magnets connected to the clock, charged by the contactors. Compared to wireless charging, it can reduce overheating problems, but the contact points are also aged by oxidation and corrosion.
The Oppo Watch 3 Pro has a sleek design, large display, long battery life, and a great experience. There is room for improvement, such as a simpler strap and reduced weight, but all in all it is worth the high price in an Android smartwatch.
The future international version should come with the full suite of Google offers. We recommend this watch for Android users with larger wrists, especially those who own Oppo phones and can unlock features across devices. For Apple users, it can still provide important smartwatch features and come with a cheaper price than the Apple Watch.
Here are our details:
- The battery lasts three days with all the features
- Big vegetable
- Classic design
- The importance of knowledge and health care
- Separate payment facility
- Competitive price
- Not comfortable on the wrist with the default rubber band
- Auto workout detects and monitors low reliability data over time