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Oppo readies new watch, phone combo in Watch X, Reno 12

More choice is always a good thing, and if you’re in the Android camp, that’s precisely what you’re getting, with Oppo adding another smartwatch and smartphone shortly.

It’s only a few weeks until we expect Samsung will have a new wearable for your wrist and possibly for your ring finger, but that doesn’t mean Samsung is the only game in town.

Oppo has a new wearable on the way, too, and it comes alongside a couple of new phones, too.

First, there’s the Watch, which is literally called the “Watch X”, and offers a 500mAh battery delivering as much as 100 hours of battery life in regular use, or up to 12 days with a power saving mode.

The Watch X uses a 1.43 inch circular AMOLED screen and is protected by sapphire crystal, making it just that little bit more durable than some other wearables, with military spec’d MIL-STD-810H giving you an idea of the durability. It’s IP68 water and dust resistant, too, supporting up to 5 metres of water-proofing (5ATM).

Oppo’s Watch X will be using Google’s WearOS 4, too, and there’s also Google Pay support, too, meaning it includes Near-Field Communication for every day life.

It could even end up being slightly more interesting than other watches, with two CPUs working in tandem to better balance performance and power use.

Priced at $699 in Australia, the latest Oppo Watch joins the launch of the Reno 12 phones, two devices that sit in the high-end of the mid-range, just before Oppo’s phones become properly premium in the Find range, which is currently an assortment of foldable and flipping models locally.

Those new Reno 12 models are the Reno 12 and Reno 12 Pro, devices which share similar specs, but change a few features.

They’re both 6.7 inch phones with 120Hz curved screens, but the Reno12 Pro uses a flexible AMOLED screen in the design.

They both have three cameras on the back, with the Reno 12 offering one 50 megapixel alongside a lower megapixel ultra-wide and macro camera. Meanwhile, the Reno12 Pro offers two 50 megapixel cameras, one for wide and the other for telephoto, alongside the ultra-wide found in the standard model.

That level of distinction is what makes the Reno 12 Pro so interesting from its sibling, though many other features are the same. They’ll both get 5G, Bluetooth, WiFi 6, an infrared port for device control around the home, facial unlock, fingerprint sensor, and a MediaTek Dimensity 7300 chip.

Both Reno 12 models also get Android 14, and sit in the world of AI phones, complete with an ability to remove unwanted parts of a photo alongside other generative AI features in photo editing.

The frames of each look to be interesting, too, using a glass with 3D textures designed to make the phones feel high quality and futuristics.

“With the Reno12 Series, we’re following through on our commitment to bring advanced AI capabilities to handsets beyond flagships,” said Michael Tran, Managing Director for Oppo in Australia.

“Following on from our recently launched Pad Neo, the new Oppo Watch X further demonstrates our dedication to continuing to build out the Oppo ecosystem for our Australian customers by now providing a high-end wearable product,” he said.

Both Reno 12 models look to land in Australia from July 11, priced at $799 for the Reno12 and $999 for the Reno12 Pro, with the Oppo Watch X found only from Oppo’s online store now for $699.

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