Oppo's smartwatch will charge in five minutes, apparently


It seems like everyone wants to join the smartwatch party, including Chinese electronics vendor Oppo, which has gone from making Blu-ray players to smartphones in not much time at all.

GizChina picks up on a rumour from Weibo that Oppo is working on a smartwatch that will feature the same quick-charging technology as its smartphones. As a result, the wearable can go from zero to 100% in just five minutes.

The pain of having to charge your smartwatch every day would be eased somewhat if it only took a few minutes to do. You could replenish the battery during breakfast rather than overnight.

All in the details

The rumours suggest the smartwatch will launch alongside the Oppo Find 9 flagship smartphone at some point this year, so we shouldn't have long to wait to see it in action - even if it's likely to be restricted to China.

Other details on the device are scarce at the moment: we don't know what software it's going to be running, which phones it will be compatible with, or how much it's going to cost.

The speedy charging technology is interesting, though - even if the batteries in our gadgets aren't going to get longer-lasting anytime soon, if they can charge up in minutes rather than hours then that could make a huge difference for users.

David Nield
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Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you'll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.