Given their popularity amongst Android users in Australia, it’s a surprise that Oppo has taken this long to official expand the brand’s ecosystem down under. That all changes at the end of this month, as Oppo unveil a series of smartwatches and wireless earbuds, set to compete on two very busy markets.
Hitting stores on 29th September will be two of the latest devices from the Oppo Watch series: The 46mm Oppo Watch, and the slightly smaller 41mm version. A few weeks later, on 6th October, we’ll be getting three of the company’s Enco wireless earbuds, the W11, W31, and higher-end W51.
“The launch of our wearables and audio range is a pivotal moment for us as a brand, broadening our product offering for our customers as we begin to build out the Oppo ecosystem in Australia,” offered Oppo Australia MD Michael Tran. “The Oppo Watch and Oppo Enco series present exceptional value for money, combining stylish designs and the latest innovations with Oppo’s renowned user experience and industry leading technology”.
Oppo’s first foray into the wearable smartwatch market is a welcome move, given the quality of Android phones they’ve been putting out this year.
The more expensive 46mm version of Oppo Watch sits at A$549 and is available in black or glossy gold, featuring a 1.91-inch AMOLED screen with a 72.76% screen-to-body ratio and a resolution of 402×476. The “ultra-frameless” design is said to offer a more immersive viewing experience, while a Dual-Chip Endurance System handles the power, switching between a Snapdragon and an Apollo chip depending on power usage mode.
A battery life of 36-hours is being promised in Smart Mode, and Oppo’s impressive chops when it comes to fast-charging seems to have been used here too – they said it can juice from 0 to 100% in 75 minutes.
The water-resistant watch contains five exercise sensors and has been programmed to track a range of exercise scenarios as well as comprehensive heart rate and sleep monitoring. Google’s Wear OS should mean a smooth UI experience with the watch’s features, while Oppo distinguish it with various ColorOS additions.
Oppo Enco Earbuds
Oppo are gunning for competitors like Huawei and Samsung with their own range of earbuds, which will start at A$149 with the W11, and climb up to A$249 for the W51. These will be the brand’s first commercially available audio devices in Australia.
On the lower scale, the W11 still sounds like an impressive package, with 25 hours of total battery life when paired up with the charging case, an IP55 rating, and touch controls. That kind of battery life in particular is unheard of at this price point so it’d be interesting to see if Oppo can measure up to that promise.
The higher-end W51s will be the only one’s of the three to feature active noise cancelling, sitting nicely with other features like wireless charging, professional audio quality, ultra-low latency, and intelligent touch controls. The buds feature a “2+2” noise reduction solution, combining a high-end dual core digital noise reduction chip with dual ANC technology and a three-mic system to block noise in the reduction frequency spectrum to 2.5KHz.
Qi Wireless charging has been included so users can juice up the earbuds for up to three hours from a measly 15-minute charge. The total battery life is being promised as 24 hours, and the buds even support reverse charging so compatible smartphones can be used to charge the earphone case as well.
New Online Store
Both the watches and earbuds are launching quite timely to coincide with Oppo’s official Australian online store, which just popped up earlier this month and can be found here.