OnePlus likes to use a slow teaser schedule to reveal information about its new devices, but with the upcoming Nord Watch, that seems to backfire.
in its Indian Regional Website (opens in new tab), the company has set up a page for this anticipated budget smartwatch. This page includes some teasers for the watch and when we can expect a future timeline, with September 24 tied to display refresh rate information and September 26 expected to provide fitness information.
However, another aspect of the site has dropped the game early. That’s because the page offers a quiz that lets you guess the specs of the device to win the watch…and a specific question makes the answer completely clear.
The fifth and final question of the quiz asks you “What are the main features of the OnePlus Nord Watch?”, with each of the four possible answers listing some combination of watch specifications. Hopefully when the device boots, we’ll find out which is correct.
Incorrect. You don’t need to be Sherlock to deduce which is correct. This is because OnePlus has confirmed that the device will feature a 45mm AMOLED screen, and only one of the multiple-choice answers has this option.
So now, by looking at this answer, we can find additional information about the OnePlus Nord Watch. It’ll have a 60Hz refresh rate, 105 fitness modes, “women’s health features” (an oddly clinical way of referring to cycle tracking), and 10 days of battery life.
Analysis: Strange Self-disclosure
The information was supposed to come out after a week of teasing, but this multiple-choice question has leaked the beans.
This steals the limelight from OnePlus’ marketing push, but we’re okay with that — the company’s habit of doing this can be tiring for fans who just want to know about upcoming products.
We still need to know a few things about the device. What are those 105 fitness modes? What is the strap made of? How much will it cost? But that’s probably all the information reserved for the launch event, not the fare we usually hear in OnePlus’ teaser cycle.
Maybe the company will change its pre-launch hype machine to give us something it hasn’t unexpectedly confirmed yet, but it’s more likely that OnePlus will only take a week to confirm the specs it’s already told us. In that case, it might be worth ignoring the brand’s news next week.
Oh well, if the OnePlus Nord Watch ends up on our list of the best cheap smartwatches, it’ll be worth it in the end.