The OnePlus Nord Watch is a device we knew was coming, as OnePlus extensively teased the wearable ahead of launch, as it does with many of its products. But now this budget smartwatch has arrived, so we know the full specs and details.
This even cheaper alternative to the OnePlus Watch – which wasn’t too expensive in the first place – sports an AMOLED display and up to 10 days of battery life, among other things, which you’ll find detailed below.
We’ve also included release date and pricing information – although this is an area where there are still some doubts.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? An affordable smartwatch from OnePlus
- When do you leave? Now in India, unknown elsewhere
- How much does it cost? ₹6,999 (approximately $85 / £75 / AU$130)
OnePlus Nord Watch release date and price
The OnePlus Nord Watch has so far only been announced for India, where it is available now. It’s unclear if or when this wearable will make its way to other regions. The original OnePlus Watch launched in the US and UK, so it’s certainly possible that the Nord Watch will too, especially since those regions have also seen some Nord phones.
But some OnePlus products are made specifically for India, so there is no guarantee that the OnePlus Nord Watch will have a wider rollout.
Either way, it costs ₹6,999 in India (approximately $85 / £75 / AU$130), although it has a temporary starting price of ₹4,999 (about $60 / £55 / AU$95). Note that while a US and UK launch is possible, we don’t expect to see the OnePlus Nord Watch in Australia as the company doesn’t sell its products there.
OnePlus Nord Watch design and display
The OnePlus Nord Watch comes in a choice of Midnight Black or Deep Blue – a color that applies to both the silicone strap and the zinc alloy case.
It has a stainless steel buckle and, including the strap, weighs 52.4g. Dimensions are 45.2 x 37.2 x 10.4 mm, and the OnePlus Nord Watch is IP68 certified, which means it is water and dust resistant.
As for the screen, it is a 1.78-inch AMOLED with a resolution of 368 x 448, 326 pixels per inch and a refresh rate of 60Hz. Typical brightness is 500 nits.
OnePlus Nord Watch fitness and features
The OnePlus Nord Watch has an impressive 105 different sport modes including yoga, cricket, running and many other activities. It also offers automatic tracking for runs and walks, so you don’t have to start tracking them manually.
It supports 24-hour heart rate monitoring as well as sleep monitoring, blood oxygen measurements, menstrual cycle monitoring and stress monitoring.
This data is fed into a dedicated N Health app on your phone, which the watch pairs using Bluetooth 5.2. However, one big fitness omission is GPS, which is absent here. Although cheap wearables often don’t have that.
Away from health and fitness, the OnePlus Nord Watch offers a library of over 100 different watch faces, so you can customize it to your style. It also includes standard smartwatch features like call and message notifications, music controls, and a remote shutter for your phone’s camera.
It works with Android and iOS phones, but the watch’s actual OS will likely be a little limited, as while we can’t see it mentioned, it’s presumably the same OnePlus Watch OS seen on the standard OnePlus Watch.
This has the downside of meaning there are far fewer apps than with Wear OS or watchOS, as you’re limited to the pre-installed ones.
OnePlus Nord Watch specs and battery life
The OnePlus Nord Watch has 256MB of storage, although the chipset and RAM are not mentioned.
As for the battery, it’s 230mAh, and OnePlus claims it will last up to 10 days of ‘typical use’ and has a 30-day standby time. This trumps most smartwatches, and it’s a believable claim as the OnePlus Watch also lasted a long time and lived up to the company’s claims.
There’s no mention of charging speeds, but it uses a magnetic charger to back it up.
While the verdict is still out on whether it can find a place among our pick of the best smartwatches, we’re hoping OnePlus will take it to new markets so we can call it in for review.