OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that the company is planning to launch a smartwatch in early 2021. In all likelihood, the rumoured OnePlus Watch could make an appearance during the launch of the OnePlus 9 series next year. OnePlus has been transparent about its plans to enter the wearable segment and has been developing a smartwatch from a while now. Previously, the OnePlus Watch moniker had leaked and was expected to be announced during the OnePlus 8T launch, but it remained a no-show.
“Many of you said you wanted a watch, and as you might have heard over the weekend—we’re making one, to be released early next year. Wishes do come true,” tweeted Pete Lau, CEO at OnePlus. In his tweet, he is referring to a report by InputMag in which Pete revealed that OnePlus is working with Google to improve WearOS and improve its value for users. The OnePlus Watch, as it is rumoured to be called, is due out in early 2021, but we still don’t know much about it since the company is keeping everything under wraps for now.
Many of you said you wanted a watch, and as you might have heard over the weekend—we’re making one, to be released early next year. Wishes do come true. https://t.co/H1Fqv9srXj
— Pete Lau (@PeteLau) December 22, 2020
Previous reports have tipped the OnePlus smartwatch to feature a round dial as hinted by the prototype design shown-off by the company dating back to 2015. OnePlus had a design for a smartwatch back in the day but shelved it to focus more on its smartphone ecosystem. Since then, WearOS has improved and the smart wearables market has got popular amongst end-users. OnePlus has also managed to have a stronghold over the smartphone market and has expanded into audio and televisions.
OnePlus wants to improve the synergy in how users interact with smart devices like televisions. “For your smartwatch, in terms of notifications being able to seamlessly appear on the TV or using your smartwatch to also control the smart display or your smartwatch detecting that you’ve fallen asleep and then also eventually putting your smart display to sleep,” Lau told InputMag.
Earlier reports have hinted that OnePlus could launch the OnePlus 9 series earlier than usual in 2021. The company announced the OnePlus 8 series in April this year and if rumours are to be believed, we could get the OnePlus 9 sometime around mid-march 2021. The OnePlus Watch could likely make its debut alongside the OnePlus 9, however, there is no official word regarding the launch of the smartwatch yet.