Oppo Watch is a shameless ripoff of Apple Watch

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Oppo Watch looks very familiar
Oppo Watch looks almost identical to one made by a certain rival based in Cupertino.
Photo: Oppo

Chinese phone maker Oppo gave the world a first glimpse of its upcoming smart watch. And it’s a total Apple Watch clone.

Apple dominates the wearables market, and Oppo seems like it wants to borrow some of its thunder.

The full specifications for the Oppo Watch are not yet known, as the official unveiling won‘t be for another couple of days. But its maker went ahead and to say it will have a 1.91-inch (48.5mm) screen at 326 pixels per inch. For comparison, the largest Apple Watch Series 5 model is 1.73 inches (44mm) and 326 ppi.

The Oppo marketing chief said last month his company’s upcoming wearable will have a curved screen and 3D glass — whatever that is.

The first teaser images of the Oppo Watch show its designers clearly used the Apple Watch as their inspiration. The major difference is that the Chinese company replaced the rotating crown on the right side of Apple’s wearable with a simple button.

Pricing for Oppo’s wrist computer is not yet known. Still, it’s likely to undercut the cost of its US rival.

The Apple Watch makes up about half of all smartwatch shipments, with shipments up 36% last year to 30.7 million units. Only time will tell if Oppo’s new product will compete successfully.