The Mi 11X Pro runs MIUI 12 is based on Android 11 and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage. The Mi 11X Pro is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM cards. The Mi 11X Pro measures 163.70 x 76.40 x 7.80mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 196.00 grams. It was launched in Celestial Silver, Lunar White and Cosmic Black colours.
Mi 11X Pro smartphone was launched on 23rd April 2021. The phone comes with a 6.67-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels & an aspect ratio of 20:9. Mi 11X Pro is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. It comes with 8GB of RAM. The Mi 11X Pro runs Android 11 and is powered by a 4520mAh battery. The Mi 11X Pro supports proprietary fast charging.
Connectivity options on the Mi 11X Pro include Wi-Fi 802.11 Yes, GPS, Bluetooth v5.20, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the Mi 11X Pro on the rear packs a 108-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.75 aperture; an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 5-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera setup has autofocus. It sports a 20-megapixel camera on the front for selfies with an f/2.45 aperture.
While this phone represents the best tech Xiaomi has right now, its cost might put some people off it – despite that, if you’re looking for a great smartphone from the company, it should be the first one you consider.
The Xiaomi Mi 11X pro is the company’s flagship for 2021, showcasing new camera modes, screen technologies and rear camera designs at a premium-phone price tag.
We gave the phone a glowing review, praising, in particular, its macro photography mode (using a bespoke rear lens), its great-looking screen with a high resolution and refresh rate, and the processing power provided by its top-end chipset.
My first impression was overwhelming as it was a major upgrade from my last phone. It’s a piece of art, the glass body and the amoled display makes feel.
One thing to take extra care is the camera portion which is placed Protruding at the back . The case is of average quality. The phone is butter smooth It’s just been a few hours so hoping for the best
Such an wonderful phone , everything is fast, wonderful display and feature packed, uper phone with all flagship level specsEspecially performance was beast with low cost
Oppo A74 5G smartphone was launched on 5th April 2021. The phone comes with a Display (Size) 6.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels at a pixel density of 405 pixels per inch (ppi) and an aspect ratio of 20:9.
Oppo A74 5G is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor. It comes with 6GB of RAM. The Oppo A74 5G runs Android 11 and is powered by a 5000mAh battery. The Oppo A74 5G supports proprietary fast charging.
The cameras are concerned, the Oppo A74 5G on the rear packs a 48MP primary camera with an f/1.7 aperture; a 2MP camera with an f/2.4 aperture, and a 2MP camera with an f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera setup has autofocus. It sports an 8MP camera on the front for selfies with an f/2.0 aperture.
Connectivity options on the Oppo A74 5G include Wi-Fi 802.11, GPS, Bluetooth v5.10, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor.
The Oppo A74 5G runs ColorOS 11.1 is based on Android 11 and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage. The Oppo A74 5G is a dual-SIM (GSM & GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM cards. The Oppo A74 5G measures 162.90 x 74.70 x 8.40mm (height x width x thickness) & weighs 188.00 grams. It was launched in Fantastic Purple & Fluid Black colours.
Aqua Green (Lake Green) Shadow lack (Onyx Gray) Frost White (Pebble White)
MIUI 12 needs some work Best-in-class display
Macro shooter is not good enough Cameras are quite good
Poor haptics Fast Performance
The Redmi Note 10 isn’t pathbreaking in terms of features and specifications for the sub-Rs. 12,000 segment, but it does cover all the bases & offer a few nice extra touches. It is slimmer and lighter than the Redmi Note 9, and debuts a new Evol design language which makes it look quite smart.
The ultra-wide and selfie cameras are also serviceable, but the macro one is just for amusement. MIUI is still full of promotional content and ads, but the company promises to remove these with a future update.
Battery life is good enough to get you through at least a full day, and charging is quick. The cameras are quite ordinary, with the 48-megapixel primary one taking well (good) shots in the daytime ad acceptable ones at night.
The 6.43-inch full-HD+ AMOLED screen is a major highlight, producing crisp details & colours that pop. You get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 SoC which is powerful enough for casual gaming as well as everyday tasks.
If a smartphone has a big screen, high-capacity battery, fast processor, and lots of RAM & storage, but still manages to cost less than Rs.14,500 chances are it will be successful. That’s where the Redmi Note 10 comes in.
New Redmi Note 10 family, Xiaomi is offering more premium features than ever, but prices have also risen. The Redmi Note series has been massively popular so far in India, where everyone loves a good deal and buyers are very particular about every last feature and specification.
The Overall Build Quality is Very Nice
Battery Life & Super Fast Charging
Processor Speed For instagram Upload & Wallet Payments is Very Good
Quality Smart Phone, Work Properly Overall Good Product & Value For Money
Good Features & Very Best Fingerprint Sensor. Camera is Also Good. Good Touch Screen & Smoothness With High Sensitivity.
The company could have done more to keep things fresh in the premium segment, but even so, the 9R is a good overall package. It looks slick, and have a crisp AMOLED screen plus stereo speakers. Performance is very good in everyday tasks and games run well too.
With only cosmetic changes and a slightly upgraded processor compared to the OnePlus 8T, the new OnePlus 9R is not very exciting at first. It have been a launched exclusively in India because the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro have come in at higher prices.
OnePlus 9R 5G is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor and runs on Oxygen OS which is based on Android 11. The smartphone is launched with 6.50-inch display with a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels and an aspect ratio of 20:9.
The smartphone features a quad camera: 48 MP(wide) + 16 MP(ultra-wide) + 5MP(macro) + 2 MP (monochrome) while on the front, there is a 16 MP (wide) sensor. Moreover, it features Mobile Hotspot, NFC, A-GPS with Glonass, USB Type-C, Wi-Fi, and the latest version 5.1 Bluetooth.
The battery will last you all day, and you get a 65W fast charger in the box. The 48MP main camera takes good shots and Night-scape mode can work better depending on ambient light conditions. OxygenOS continues to be slick and feature-rich without getting overbearing. The 9R could be a good choice if you are a OnePlus fan, but do keep in mind that there’s a lot of competition and you have many different choices.
The OnePlus 9R sticks to the classic OnePlus formula of strong specs at a reasonable price. For Indian buyers in 2021, it serves very well enough.
it starts at Rs 39,999 and is essentially a OnePlus 8T with minor cosmetic upgrades as well as a new chip. It undercuts the vanilla OnePlus 9 by a huge margin and for most smartphone buyers in the sub-Rs 50,000 segment, it makes a lot of sense. It is future-ready with 5G, is mighty powerful, and have an all-day battery. It is even made of metal and glass, if that concerns you. Also Read – OnePlus Watch first major update brings AOD among other features, Rolling out now
Samsung have been equipped the Galaxy M31 with an Exynos 9611 SoC and gets 6GB of RAM. It have been two storage variants to choose from, 64GB OR 128GB. The Galaxy M31 is a dual SIM device with support for 4G as well as VoLTE. It runs Samsung OneUI 2.0 on top of Android 10. We found the Galaxy M31 to have a fair amount of bloatware onboard.
The Samsung Galaxy M31 sports a big 6.4-inch display and have been a water-drop notch at the top. It have thin bezels around the AMOLED display which helps it stand out among the competition. The Galaxy M31 is comfortable to hold in the hand but it is a little heavy at 191g. The weight of the smartphone is mainly because of the big 6,000mAh battery that it packs.
The Galaxy M31 have been a quad-camera setup at the back with the primary being a 64MP shooter. It also houses an 8MP (ultra-wide-angle) camera, a 5Mp (macro) camera and a 5MP (depth) sensor. Daylight camera performance is good but low-light camera performance was disappointing.
Samsung Galaxy M30 set the pace, and a refreshed version, the Galaxy M30s, really helped the company strengthen it is position in this segment. Samsung have been now launched a successor to the Galaxy M30s, called the Galaxy M31.
The Samsung Galaxy M series have been gained a lot of popularity thanks to affordable prices & up-to-date hardware. Samsung have been managed to lower prices by selling these models online, reducing distribution costs.
You now get a quad-camera setup, an upgrade from the triple camera setup on the M30s. However, the processor and the battery capacity remain unchanged. Will this be enough to keep the Galaxy M series competitive in the market? We review the Galaxy M31 to find out.
A Descent phone Definitely not for pro pubg player but can work fine Super AMOLED gives it best performance Descent camera Improved Selfie camera compared to M30 Long battery life Nice Security No ads unlike MI Works smoothly
Really a good budget phone with big battery. Camera performance also awesome, but in pro mode there no control for shutter speed and while changing the iso i don’t feel any differences. I need more update on camera modes. Phone performance and charging speed is good. Except camera modes i love this phone.
Samsung Galaxy A82 5G have been leaked in an alleged promotional video
Samsung Galaxy A82 (5G)
6.71 inches (120Hz) Snapdragon 855+ SoC
6GB RAM / 128 GB
25W(Fast charging) 4,500mAh
64MP + 8MP + 5MP
48MP + 10MP
Android 11 OS UI 3.1
The Samsung Galaxy Quantum 2 made it is debut last month in Korea. This smartphone is had to launch in the international markets as the Galaxy A82 5G.
A couple of days ago, the Galaxy A82 5G moniker was the spotted among devices that are set to get quarterly security updates from the brand.
It is confirmed the existence of the smartphone and also suggested an imminent launch.
Samsung Galaxy A82 5G have been leaked once again. This time a promotional video of the smartphone have been a posted online, which suggests that the phone could launch anytime soon.
A Max Weinbach The popular tipster as well as a writer for Android Police, have been posted a promotional video that seems to belong to the Samsung Galaxy A82 5G.
The promotional video once again confirms the existence of the phone as well as confirms it is moniker. Unfortunately, the promotional video doesn’t reveal any specifications of the smartphone apart from touting that the claim that it will be has been long battery life.
Considering that the company is already working on the marketing material for the Samsung Galaxy A82 5G, it is launch seems imminent. When launched, the phone will be positioned above the Galaxy A72 which was announced in March this year.
The launch of the Samsung Galaxy A82 5G, the brand will be has a four A-series smartphones with 5G connectivity in it ia lineup with the other three being Galaxy A32 5G, A42 5G, Or A52 5G.
Although there are the no official information regarding the Samsung Galaxy A82 5G specifications, we can expect it to has been features similar to that of the Galaxy Quantum 2. After all, both of these devices are said to be one and the same.
Samsung Galaxy A82 5G specifications (expected)
The Samsung Galaxy A82 5G could feature a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with QHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate.
The smartphone could be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC Or feature 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. On the software side of things, we can expect it is the ship with the Android 11 OS and One UI 3.1 customisation, as is the case with all the new Samsung smartphones nowadays.
A terms of imaging, we can expect the Samsung Galaxy A82 5G to has been a 64MP primary camera along with a 12MP ultrawide camera Or a 5MP macro sensor. The selfie camera could be a 10MP unit. Samsung Galaxy A82 5G could pack a 4,500mAh battery with 25W charging. It could also has been stereo speakers Or a fingerprint scanner. As the name suggests, the phone will has been a 5G connectivity. Other connectivity options could include a USB Type-C port.
Asus ZenFone 8 series global launch is set for May 12th
Alleged Asus ZenFone 8 Pro with the model number ASUS_I007D have been received BIS certification.
The listing does not reveal any ZenFone 8 Pro specifications.
30W(Fast charging) IP68 (Water Dust Resistance)
Android v11 (Zen UI) Octa core
Rear Camera Front Camera
64MP(Sony IMX663) + 16 MP 32MP
59,990 (Expected Price)
An Asus phone with the model number ASUS_I007D have been received the BIS certification, suggesting it is launch in India could be around the corner.
While the marketing name of the phone is not clear, speculations are rife that it could be the ASUS ZenFone 8 Pro.
It is already known the ZenFone 8 series is set to launch globally on May 12th and reports indicate there will be a total of three models:-
ZenFone 8 pro
ZenFone 8 Mini
While complete the ZenFone 8 Pro specifications they are unknown, it is expected to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, 120Hz OLED display.
ASUS ZenFone 8 Mini specifications :-
While the specifications of the ZenFone 8 Pro remain a mystery, the ZenFone 8 Mini specifications has been surfaced online.
It is said to come with a 5.92-inch OLED FHD+ display, punch-hole cutout for the selfie snapper, Or 120Hz refresh rate.
The phone may has been a dual-camera system at the back with a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor and a new Sony IMX663 secondary camera lens.
It have will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC with up to 16GB RAM and 256GB storage.
The phone in may house a 4,000mAh battery with 30W fast-charging support and an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.
It is likely to run Android 11-based Zen UI custom skin out of the box. Connectivity features could include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, and USB Type-C port for charging or data transfers.
Whole not be the much else is known about the standard ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Pro, we can speculate both the phones will come with an OLED display, 120Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 888 SoC, 5G connectivity, multiple cameras, and punch-hole design with a single selfie snapper. We should know more details going forward.
The Mi 11 Ultra is Xiaomi’s answer to Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy S21 Ultra, that too at a much lower price. Price is not the only area where Xiaomi seems to have the Galaxy S21 Ultra beat, it also have it’s over the top features like a quick preview display at the back. But not all is good, the phone does heat up like a saucepan Also Read Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Review A Ultra phone with it is own set of flaws
I spent around a week with the new Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra or it was an to the interesting ride, to say the least. Here we will be taking a look at how the Mi 11 Ultra performed in stressful conditions and also if have been it the flagship smartphone you should get for yourself next. Also Read Top smartphones under Rs 15,000 in May 2021 Redmi Note 10, Realme 8 5G
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Price in India:-
Rs 69,999 Also Read Top smartphones under Rs 15,000 in May Redmi Note 10, Realme 8 5G
Flagship smartphones crossed to the an Rs 1,00,000 mark a long time ago and there seems no bar to the price. However, companies like OnePlus or Xiaomi do try to keep a check at the big players, by releasing flagship-grade smartphones like the Mi 11 Ultra at a much lower price point.
At Rs 69,999, the Mi 11 Ultra comes with everything the Rs 1,05,999 Galaxy S21 Ultra have to the offer and then some. But keep in mind, even though the spec sheet might seem better, but it does not guarantee real-life performance. That it is what we will be taking a look at below.
DESIGN Or BUILD
Most flagship smartphones these days, apart from the foldables are metal glass sandwiches. Xiaomi have been tried to break this monotonous look with the addition of a quad curved display or a secondary quick view display on the back.
For the front and the rear display, the company have been used Gorilla Glass Victus, which is the latest and most sturdy glass that Corning have been a offer as of now. Over that, the company has also used Ceramic to cast the back instead of glass, making the phone a bit more durable. This is a also provides us with a much more premium feel.
The back camera module on the Mi 11 Ultra have been one of the largest camera modules we has been to date. One of the reasons behind this is the secondary display, other reasons include two large 2-inch sensors, a 1.12-inch sensor and a 120x digital zoom telephoto setup.
The phone does feel quite bulky weighing in at 234 grams. Surprisingly, the phone, which I felt would be top-heavy due to the massive camera module, was not so. The device was the very balanced, with it is not tipping to either side when held. This level of detail is appreciated and welcomed.
I received the Ceramic Black variant for review, which looks nice, but it is extremely reflective and a fingerprint magnet. The Ceramic White variant would has been the fared much better.
Samsung is expected to launch the new wearables in Q2 2021. We can expect them to launch alongside the Fold 3 or the Flip 3 in July 2021.
SM-R860 OR SM-R870
Up to 4 Days 4.2
Bluetooth MicroPhone Speaker
YES YES YES
Samsung Galaxy Watch Price in India
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4G price in India starts from ₹ 16,990. The lowest price of Samsung Galaxy Watch 4G is ₹ 16,990
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
Samsung is rumoured to update it is the wearable lineup for 2021 with the Galaxy Watch Active 4, Galaxy Watch 4 launch.
A company is yet to make an official announcement on the same. However, it is the expected that both smartwatches will be launch in Q2 2021. Ahead of the launch, the screen size and model number of both Samsung smartwatches had been leaked.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 will be come in two different screen sizes. The base variant with the model number SM-R880 will be has been a 42mm screen.
The bigger model will be has the model number SM-R890, according to tipster Nils Ahrensmeier. The tipster further notes that the display will be slightly bigger on the higher-end model at 46mm.
The Galaxy Watch 4, 42mm with the model number SM-R880 was in spotted on the Safety Korea certification.
Samsung Will be also a launch the Galaxy Watch Active 4 alongside. The smartwatch will be also come in two different sizes – 40mm and 42mm. Both devices have the model numbers SM-R860 Or SM-R870, respectively.
The two Samsung Smartwatches are rumoured to run google wearOS instead of Samsung’s Tizen. Samsung is expected to launch the new wearables in Q2 2021. We can expect of them to launch alongside the Fold 3 and the Flip 3 in July 2021.
General Brand SamsungModel Galaxy Watch 4G Price in India ₹16,990Release date22nd August 2018Model NameGalaxy Watch 4G Strap MaterialSiliconeSizeRegularTouchscreenYesInterchangeable StrapYesWater Resistant5ATM, MIL-STD-810GIdeal ForUnisex
Smartwatchs for Android are a tough subject. Wear OS works, but it have been a lot of flaws. Samsung Tizen-based smartwatch are great, but they are also pretty expensive and work best on Samsung’s own smartphones. Fitbit smartwatches are excellent for fitness, but not so amazing for smart features. That are why there was a lot of excitement for OnePlus to debut it is own smartwatch, the OnePlus Watch. The final product, though, is not what most people wanted, and after using it for nearly two weeks, it is hard to express just how disappointed I am in the OnePlus Watch.
Alright, so let’s not start on a downer. The hardware of the first OnePlus smartwatch is by far the biggest highlight. Aside from one potential deal breaker, it is really nails the basics.
The chassis it-self is made from stainless steel, a premium material that you absolutely will be not find on any other smartwatch even close to this price range. The original Galaxy Watch Active is the closest comparison and, at $199, it is aluminum. The craftsmanship of the OnePlus Watch is genuinely nice with its slim body and tactile buttons. That are to taken down a bit by the plastic belly, but that’s far from a problem in my eyes.
Good news on the hardware front does not stop there, either. The included silicone band is very comfortable, and thanks to the use of 22mm spring pins, you can easily swap for a different strap if you want something else. The display is also a win with a bright panel and excellent 2.5D glass that feels really smooth to the touch. The display’s bezels are not super small, but there’s a neat CD-like pattern to add a bit of flare. It is a really nice and well-executed design overall.
The only big flaw of the design is just that this watch is pretty big. At 46mm it is hitting the top end of most other wearables out there, which is a disservice to anyone with less than a large wrist. I like to think that my wrist is not small, but is not huge either. I will be generally fallen into the camp of wanting a wearable around 44mm, give or take. For me, that means the Watch feels comfortable on my wrist, but it is far too big for, say, my wife to wear. Thus an issue OnePlus can fix in future iterations, and it is a problem that other first-generation smartwatches were plagued with too. However, the OnePlus Watch is coming out at a time where it could benefit from the better part of a decade of other companies making mistakes and figuring out what works in modern smartwatches, so the excuse of this being first-generation hardware feels a bit hollow.
That flaw extends to the band as well. It is a comfortable as mentioned, but if you want to shorter strap you need to ask OnePlus to send you one in a separate shipment.
Another arguably minor point I took issue with is the vibration motor. It is very weak and really easy to miss. Often it will be buzz and I won’t even notice. One morning, the OnePlus 9 Pro that the OnePlus Watch was paired to finished up a system update and proceeded to sync an entire night’s worth of notifications at once. It took a couple of seconds for me to recognize that the watch was buzzing to tell me about those notifications arriving. As it is stand today, there are no way to boost the strength of haptic feedback.
From the time the brand debuted in 2013 until the past couple of years, OnePlus was widely regarded as among the best when it is came to software on smartphones. OxygenOS was always clean and fast, quick to updates, and made sensible choices when it came to custom apps and features.
The OnePlus Watch does not use Android, Wear OS, or any other established platform for its software. Rather, it that uses a customized Real-Time OS, a similar backbone to what you are find on Fitbit, Amazfit, and other wearables in this category. With the many missteps Google has made with Wear OS, that seemed like a decent idea with a lot of potential. That did not work out.
The first thing that comes to mind with the software on the OnePlus Watch is unfinished, closely followed by sloppy. Let’s start with the design. As we detailed earlier this month, OnePlus opted to essentially clone the design of Google’s Wear OS, just stripping that design of a lot of animations and small perks. On the bright side, that means navigation is easy to understand, as regardless of how you feel about Wear OS, navigation is one thing Google absolutely got right with the platform.
On the other hand, what OnePlus have been created is a poor copy that it is scrambling to turn into something competitive. Notifications, for example, all looked identical at a glance with white text on a black background and the same generic bell icon. Minor, but frustrating especially when this is something nearly every other smartwatch does right. Just before this review was published, though, OnePlus did release an update to add different app icons and, sure enough, they’re different and it is a big improvement.
As mentioned, a lot of the software is also just grossly unfinished in ways that really made me scratch my head.
Perhaps one of the most outstanding failures here is the inability to create a proper digital clock. You’d think such a simple and core part of a smartwatch wouldn’t be neglected, yet that’s exactly what’s happened. Until a new software update arrives at some point, the OnePlus Watch can’t show the time in a 12-hour format, which is widely used across the United States and India, two primary markets where the Watch is being sold.
Speaking of not optimizing for core markets, there’s a lot of abbreviated English in the software. In many instances, “Please” is substituted for “Pls” including one hilarious notification. When you reach your daily step goal, the watch says that “Your step is up to standard. Pls keep it up.” This isn’t so much a functional issue as it is lack of attention to detail and a rushed overall final product. OnePlus could have and should have done better.
Another place this is evident is in sleep tracking, a pretty key feature for a watch that advertises up to two weeks on a single charge. Sleep tracking in itself seems to work, as the numbers it recorded for me are roughly the same as what I see from the new Nest Hub’s Soli-based tracking. I didn’t directly compare it to Fitbit, but the numbers are in the same ballpark with the exception of time spent “awake,” where Fitbit notoriously tends to count higher than the competition. What’s the problem, then? None of this data leaves the watch. There’s an entire section of the OnePlus Health app that’s designed to house sleep data but at press time it just doesn’t. OnePlus tells us a fix for this is coming in “mid-April” (in other words, last week) but it’s flabbergasting that the watch has gone on sale with this core function completely broken and utterly useless as a result.
There’s another portion of the health app that’s also broken. The workout tab has a Google Maps-powered map to show your run paths, but it just never loads. Frustrating! Another annoyance is that the watch is only launching with a fraction of the 110 workout modes that OnePlus promised, the rest of which are set to arrive sometime in May.
You may have noticed a pattern through much of this. OnePlus is relying on future software updates to fix a lot of the problems that reviewers and early users have pointed out. Well, those updates are going to be a pain, frankly. I installed two software updates during my time using the OnePlus Watch and both took the better part of an hour to fully install. The first also changed my system language from English to Chinese, though the second thankfully did not. For a sleep and activity tracking machine, that’s not great. It’s an experience I noticed on my Fitbit Versa 3 when it was installing an update over Bluetooth as well, but Fitbit at least provides the option to use Wi-Fi to download the update on the watch itself. OnePlus does not, despite having the needed hardware to do so.
Slow Bluetooth transfer times also affect another advertised feature of this watch, music. You get 2GB of storage for music files to play natively on your OnePlus Watch, but you have to transfer them from the phone, which can take quite a bit of time to do, especially for larger files. I have a feeling this will be an underused part of the watch anyway, though, given that it only works with MP3s, a strange choice in the era of Spotify, Apple Music, and others. I’m not sure about you, but I haven’t used an MP3 file for my music in easily five years.
Notably, the music app on the watch can control the music playing on your phone, but you’ll need to manually change the app to control the phone instead of controlling music playback on the watch.
I could go on with minor nitpicks about the software on OnePlus Watch, but I think my point has been made. OnePlus hasn’t spent nearly enough time putting together this software, and it feels like a product in its early stages of development. It’s amazing that this product has been announced given the state of the software, much more so that it’s actually shipping to customers.
To close out this section, though, I’ve got to address the bigger issue at play. OnePlus is responsible for fixing all of the flaws here because third-party developers literally can’t put apps on this product. There’s no store for apps or watchfaces at all. Most users won’t be hurt by the lack of watchfaces, as with the 50 that are included, there’s pretty much something for every style, but the lack of third-party apps hurts a lot. I don’t use a lot of apps on my Fitbit or Wear OS watches in general, but nearly all of the ones I do use are third-party options like Spotify. It’s fine to skip third-party software on a fitness tracker, but when you’re marketing a product as a smartwatch, it’s unacceptable.
It’s no secret that fitness tracking is what sells wearables nowadays, and in a smart move, that’s something OnePlus has focused on with this smartwatch. How does it compare? Being honest, I’m not the person to ask about this, as I don’t have nearly the amount of time I want to get out walking or properly work out, but I can speak from limited experience compared to a Fitbit Versa 3.
In general step counting, the OnePlus Watch usually lands in the same general ballpark as my Versa 3, but it’s inconsistent. In some cases, though, it seems to be considerably off from my average leaning toward the low end of the range. This is something that other OnePlus Watch users have also seen. Gizmodo saw some of the worst results, noting step counts that were off by up to 10,000 steps. OnePlus did release an update recently that’s supposed to address this issue.
OnePlus also promised over 110 workout modes for this product, but only 14 are included out of the box, with the rest to follow in an update. Between my schedule and an absolute dump of pollen, my activities for the past month have been restricted to getting yard work done, and that’s about it. I was able to get in a brief workout on the elliptical, though, which is one of the few workouts supported at this point.
In one brief session, the OnePlus Watch was tracking my heart rate as being off by upwards of 50bpm compared to a Versa 3 on my other wrist. Not that the watch had earned it, I gave OnePlus the benefit of the doubt that it was a fluke, stopped the workout, and readjusted the already fairly tight band. Sure enough, restarting the session seemed to patch things up. After that, heart rate levels were in the same place on both watches. Infuriatingly, though, the OnePlus Watch constantly paused the workout as I checked it in comparison. This is probably because it only takes one button click to pause a workout, but that’s an issue in my book; clicks can and do happen by mistake.
Notably, OnePlus also doesn’t add steps taken during a workout, at least on an elliptical, to your daily step count. That can easily be disheartening for someone who’s otherwise stuck at a desk.
I’m definitely not a fan of OnePlus’ “Activities” app on the watch. It’s confusing at a glance, only showing four quadrants for steps, calories burnt, activity time, and workout time. You’ll only see specifics for that data as you scroll down. Watchfaces mirror this design, and it really just doesn’t work well for its intended purpose.
This is an instance where copying is fine; rings just work better for showing this data quickly. That comes in addition to times where the watch just didn’t track a workout, something I’ve heard from other reviewers. Then, of course, there are the various tracking issues with the OnePlus Health app where it lacks important context or just doesn’t record data. The fitness software is a bit of a mess, but thankfully, the good news is that OnePlus can fix most of these problems with updates. But time will tell on that one, and you absolutely should not buy this product on the promise of future updates.
The “saving grace” many point to with the OnePlus Watch is battery life and, while good, it’s not good enough to save the product.
OnePlus claims up to two weeks on a single charge for this smartwatch, a wild claim when Wear OS averages a day, barely, and both Apple and Samsung are around two to three days for most people. Even the Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense only average around five days in real-world usage.
Does the claim live up? I think it’s possible, but it depends on how you use the product. If you’re using this solely for notifications and turn off some of the fitness features, you’ll hit two weeks easily. For more average use — lots of notifications, heart rate tracking, and sleep tracking — a little over a week is a more reasonable expectation. I charged up the watch fully on one Thursday morning, and a week later it was in the mid-30s. It took until the following Monday, 12 full days, to fully kill the battery. I’ll consider that a win even if it’s less than OnePlus’ claim.
This is the best smartwatch for battery life, but in my eyes, it’s not nearly enough to make up for the various flaws. With some software upgrades, I think battery life could be the selling point of this product, but until OnePlus fixes core issues with fitness/sleep tracking, and the clock, it’s not worth the compromise. You’d be far better off with a used Fitbit or an older Samsung watch.
Battery life is one thing, but eventually you do need to charge. OnePlus is quick to remind you that this product has its magical Warp Charge tech, but that’s not quite true. Where Warp Charge on a OnePlus phone means charging that’s literally several times as fast as the competition, Warp Charge on this wearable is basically just not slow. You can get around 1% per minute on average. Not bad, but not “warp” speed. It’s not an issue, given how rarely you’ll need to charge anyway.
What does the future hold for the OnePlus Watch? As a first attempt, OnePlus did get some important bits right such as the hardware design and, to an extent at least, some of the features. However, as it stands today, this is a grossly unfinished product, and OnePlus has absolutely no excuses for that. The company has had plans for a smartwatch for years, and for nearly a year they’ve been hyping up the launch of this watch in particular. Yet, the final product was rushed and extremely unfinished.
The OnePlus Watch makes a lot of mistakes, many of which can be fixed in time and with updates. But right now, OnePlus is demanding that anyone who wants their smartwatch sit and wait for the company to finish it. That’s not exactly uncommon, Google’s Pixel phones commonly fix notable issues after launch, but in the case of the OnePlus Watch we’re not talking about minor annoyances or underutilized features, we’re talking about core functionality and fundamental restrictions.
Could the verdict change in the future? Software updates can solve a lot of the problems with this product, but you should never buy a product on that promise. Not one person should spend money on the OnePlus Watch in its current state.
Once OnePlus addresses a lot of the very fixable issues we’ve listed here, there’s definitely a market for this product. It’s more a bit more capable than a basic fitness tracker and its excellent battery life can’t be understated.