The Oppo Watch 3 smartwatch is finally released and it is the first wearable device with the new Snapdragon W5 processor. There are two versions of the device, the regular Watch 3 and the Watch 3 Pro. Both have an aluminum case and premium design. If you choose the regular Watch 3, you will get a smartwatch with a 1.75-inch display, 3D glass layer, and AMOLED panel. Its 400mAh battery is enough for four days of runtime on a single charge. The more expensive Watch 3 Pro has a larger 1.91-inch display with an AMOLED panel. It touts five days of battery life with its 500mAh battery.
In general, the Oppo Watch 3 delivers twice the operational runtime with the same battery capacity, compared to Samsung’s current smartwatch. The primary reason for this is the more efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 processor with its 4nm manufacturing process. Both support a fast charging feature and with only a 10-minute charge, you will get 24 hours of operational time. For a full charge, it will take about one hour. On both models, you will also get 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which are adequate for typical smartwatch usage. These devices run the ColorOS Watch 5.0 and there’s no confirmation whether the international model will run Wear OS.
Qualcomm promises that the new Snapdragon W5 will change everything in the smartwatch market. The chip is built from the ground up for wearables with three main focus areas. It is a more efficient hardware platform that delivers longer battery life. It ensures an elevated user experience with better performance compared to Qualcomm’s earlier wearable hardware. With its 4nm manufacturing process, the Snapdragon W5 also promises a sleeker and smaller form factor. If you are wearing a smartwatch 24/7, you will definitely get good battery life Snapdragon W5.
Other than the 4nm main chip, the Snapdragon W5 also has a 22nm co-processor that’s always on and highly integrated into the primary system on the chip. This makes the Snapdragon W5 a hybrid architecture that perfectly balances good battery life and performance. Although you wear the smartwatch nearly throughout your waking hours, you usually interact with it for only one hour or less each day. When not being used, the Snapdragon W5 puts the smartwatch in ambient mode. With the Snapdragon W5, Qualcomm uses the 5/95 rule. It means, Qualcomm assumes that users only operate 5 percent of the time and for 95 percent of the operational time, the Snapdragon W5 will run on super-low power mode.
The company has also introduced the more advanced Snapdragon W5+ processor, which delivers 50 percent less power utilization compared to the earlier generations while being 30 percent smaller in terms of form factor. The W5 family supports various connectivity options, including cellular, Wi-Fi, GNSS, and Bluetooth 5.3. There are two types of low-power modes that can be enabled, Hibernate and Deep Sleep. We could expect that more and more smartwatch makers will adopt the new W5 platforms to deliver more value to their users.