OnePlus to launch its own fitness band and smartwatch

More surprises from OnePlus for 2021



OnePlus has been dabbling into other product categories lately, launching its own smart TV and wireless earbuds to compete with established brands. However, the company is not stopping there with developments suggesting that it will launch a fitness band and a smartwatch this 2021.

OnePlus smartwatch is coming soon

A recent Twitter post by Pete Lau — OnePlus’ CEO — confirmed that the brand is working on its first smartwatch. This comes after a round-table interview where he said that they are working with Google to improve Wear OS — the Android-based OS for smartwatches. The interview also hinted at improving the functionality of the OS for closer integration between smart devices.

However, detailed specifications are lacking at the moment. Rumors hinted at a rounded smartwatch akin to the recently announced OPPO Watch RX. It is very likely that OnePlus’s first smartwatch will come with Wear OS as hinted by the CEO, but this may still change.

As the tweet suggests, OnePlus will release its smartwatch early this year. It may be released alongside the OnePlus 9 series which rumors also suggest as having an earlier-than-usual launch in March.

OnePlus Band: Competing against the Mi Band 5

Then, there are also leaks about a fitness band being developed by OnePlus. First reported by Android Centralthe fitness band is rumored to offer a feature set similar to Xiaomi Mi Band 5. That includes an AMOLED screen, water resistance, and multi-day battery life.

Sources claim that it will launch in India first for a starting price of US$ 40. This also puts it closely on the selling price of the aforementioned Mi Band 5.

Other details regarding the fitness band are unclear at the moment. However, a tipster recently posted renders of the band on Twitter. The design looks really similar to other fitness bands in the market.

OnePlus hasn’t mentioned anything about releasing a fitness band so take all these developments with a grain of salt. If the brand does release a fitness band, it will be interesting to see how it will differentiate its offering from the rest.

Update: The fitness band has been officially teased by OnePlus India. The teaser supposedly shows the side profile of the fitness band, aligning with the recent renders on Twitter.

Tipster Ishan Agarwal chimed in by further adding that the band will have a 1.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 13 exercise modes, 24/7 heart rate with SpO2 monitoring, and sleep tracking. He also added that the band will specifically have 14 days of battery life.


realme shows off the realme 8’s 108MP camera

It has a lot of “firsts”



The race for megapixels is on and realme in no mood of missing out. The phone maker has showed-off its 108-megapixel camera setup, which will be found on the upcoming realme 8 Pro.

The massive sensor not only produces a sharper image, but also brings the world’s first tilt-shift time-lapse video, starry time-lapse video, and new portrait filters. realme is confident the camera will be able to outmatch the competition. Currently, Xiaomi’s Mi 10i and Mi 10T series have a 108-megapixel camera, but the two sensors are different.

realme has opted for Samsung’s HM2 sensor for the primary camera and it features a larger sensor with a size of 1/1.52″. The larger pixel size ensures better image quality and it supports 9-in-1 pixel binning technology. The brand has shown off a few images that were clicked with the sensor.

For zooming, it supports 3x in-sensor zoom, which processes a 12-megapixel image in the end. Essentially, the sensor will compress the image but retain details that are necessary for the picture. In turn, the algorithm improves accuracy, colors, as well as contrast.

A Starry Mode is also showed-off and it can shoot a video timelapse, using a time-lapse video algorithm based on starry photos. The camera clicks 30 pictures in 480 seconds and compiles that into a one-second video.

There’s also a tilt-shift mode that’ll let you adjust the shape, angle, position, and size of the bokeh effect. Along with this, there are three portrait filters — Neon Portrait, Dynamic Bokeh Portrait, and AI Color Portrait.

The company hasn’t announced the launch date of the realme 8 series. But we know it’ll be coming first to India in March 2021. Finally, realme has reiterated that its “realme number series” naming format for smartphones shall continue focusing on camera-centric innovations.

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realme Watch S Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Pro experience at an affordable price tag



Smartphone maker realme has just launched the realme Watch S Pro in the Philippines. Dubbed as the partner for your everyday lifestyle, the “pro” smartwatch packed more than just the essential features.

Currently, it’s the company’s most premium watch. It sports a 1.39-inch AMOLED round display with high resolution and brightness and uses a powerful dual-process supporting a faster refresh rate while consuming less power.

Also, it’s equipped with a 450mAh battery that lasts up to 14 days on a single charge. It also tracks up to 15 different workout modes, thanks to its advanced dual-satellite GPS sensors.

Additionally, the smartwatch measures steps, heart rate, sleep, and even blood oxygen levels. Moreover, the smartwatch comes with a premium build where you can pair over 100+ watch faces to suit your mood and style — all while only retailing for PhP 8,990.

Shopee Mega 3.3 Shopping Sale

Heads up! The realme Watch S Pro will be available on Shopee, in time for the 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale happening on March 3, 2021, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

Get PhP 1,300 off for the realme Watch S Pro this 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale. From PhP 8,990, the smartwatch will be available for only PhP 7,690. Make sure to use the voucher code: GADGETZONE8 before you check out.

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realme Smart TV: Price and availability in the Philippines

Real picture, real sound



Homes are indeed getting smarter, and realme joins in the fray, bringing the Smart TV to the Philippines.

The realme Smart TV comes in two sizes: a 32-inch with HD resolution and a 43-inch model with Full HD resolution. Both models have LED panels for their display, equipped with a MediaTek processor, 24W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio support, and Android TV out of the box, bringing along support for Google Assistant and other bundled apps.

Popular media streaming platforms like Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, and more are also available with its remote control having a dedicated button for the first three platforms mentioned.

The Smart TV boasts its Chroma Boost technology, which optimizes the brightness, color, contrast, and clarity for a top-notch viewing experience. Moreover, it sports several port options such as a couple of USB ports, HDMI, AV, and digital audio port. Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi.

The 32-inch realme Smart TV retails for PhP 11,990 while the 43-inch model is available for PhP 18,990.

Shopee Mega 3.3 Shopping Sale

Heads up! The realme Smart TV will be available on Shopee, in time for the 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale happening on March 3, 2021, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

Both models will get PhP 3,000 off; the 32-inch model with an SRP of PhP 11,990 will be available for PhP 8,990 while the 43-inch model with an SRP of PhP 18,990 will be available for PhP 15,990.

Make sure to use the voucher code: GADGETZONE8 before you check out. On another note, ten lucky buyers of the realme Smart TV will get a free realme Soundbar. Meanwhile, first-batch buyers of the TV will get free 12 months extended warranty worth PhP 3,990.

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