Every company from Motorola to Swatch is getting ready to offer its own take on the smartwatch, and now it looks like Chinese upstart OnePlus could be elbowing its way into the market as well. A set of images obtained by BGR India appear to reveal the company’s plans for a OnePlus OneWatch that might just fix an issue plaguing the latest crop of smartwatches.
LG’s G Watch and Samsung’s Gear Live are decent efforts, but both fall short when it comes to charging the device. OnePlus could solve this problem with its OneWatch by including a built-in Qi wireless charger, making it extremely easy to charge the device without any extra accessories. The device also appears to offer a circular OLED display with a layer of protective sapphire glass on top, a curved battery built into the wristband and a single configurable button.
If OnePlus really is working on a smartwatch and it actually resembles the device pictured here, the OneWatch could be a thing of beauty. This looks like a classic high-end timepiece, even more so than the Moto 360. The Chinese company’s competitive pricing for its OnePlus One smartphone also has us hoping the rumored smartwatch could come at a reasonable price.
The big question is what kind of software will power the OneWatch. It seems pretty likely the device will take advantage of Android Wear, but that means giving Google complete control of the operating system. OnePlus could also work with Cyanogen to develop its own Android-based smartwatch OS, but that seems like a bit of a stretch.
For now, the OnePlus smartwatch is still just a rumor, but we’d love to see this device become a reality. From its Qi wireless charging to its classic design the OneWatch has the potential to be an instant classic. Hopefully it’s the real deal and not just another hoax.