While we may have been expecting a fully-fledged smartwatch, OnePlus' first wearable instead takes the form of a stylish activity tracker in the OnePlus Band.
The tracker was leaked and teased in the days leading up to its official unveiling and looks to have all the hallmarks of a well-rounded fitness band; from its water resistance and swim-proofing to long 14-day battery life.
Where can I buy the OnePlus Band?
The OnePlus Band's 11 January reveal was aimed squarely at the Indian market and as such, it currently sits as an exclusive to consumers in that region. That said, there's nothing about the Band's release or feature set that suggests OnePlus couldn't bring its debut tracker to other markets if it chose to.
Locally, the Band is available from OnePlus India directly, as well as "Amazon, Flipkart, OnePlus Exclusive stores and OnePlus Partner stores," with sales slated at "starting soon."
How much is the OnePlus Band?
Leaks surrounding the Band appear to have been right on the money (pun intended) with regards to cost, with an official launch price of INR₹2,499, which equates to roughly £25, €28 or US$34, making it a decidedly affordable offering from a company known for pushing value for money.
This looks to be an introductory price tag, however, with ₹2,799 being listed as the MRP (maximum retail price) - that's about £28/€31/US$38. It's unclear when the Band will revert to this higher (although still competitive price) locally.
Additional straps in different colours (Navy and Tangerine Gray) can be bought separately for ₹399 each (about £4/€4.50/US$5.40).
What features does the OnePlus Band offer?
With such a low price tag, you'd be forgiven for assuming that the OnePlus Band isn't equipped to handle much more than telling the time and counting your steps, but it looks as though OnePlus has built its new tracker to take on the likes of Xiaomi's mighty Mi Band 5 and Fitbit's Inspire 2.
Here's a full rundown of the Band's feature set:
- 1.1in colour 196x294 AMOLED touch display
- Blood Oxygen Sensor (SpO2 tracking)
- Three-axis accelerometer
- Optical heart rate sensor
- 13 sport tracking modes:
- Outdoor Run
- Indoor Run
- Fat Burn Run
- Outdoor Walk
- Outdoor Cycling
- Indoor Cycling
- Elliptical Trainer
- Rowing Machine
- Pool Swimming
- Free Training
- Additional features:
- Message notifications
- Call notifications
- Music controls
- Silent alarm (vibration)
- Camera-shutter controls
- Find My Phone
- Zen Mode synchronization (with select OnePlus phones)
- OTA updates
- Vibration motor
- Support for Android 6.0 and up
- Support for iOS coming post-launch (date TBC)
- IP68 dust & water resistance
- Swimproof up to 5ATM
- Bluetooth 5.0 LE
- 100mAh battery
- Up to 14-days battery life
- Proprietary USB-A charger
- 22.6 grams
- Band colours: Black, Navy, Tangerine Gray
No integrated GPS is the most obvious omission but it's now wholly surprising for the price, while it's worth reiterating that iOS support is on the card but won't be available at launch.
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