OnePlus Harry Potter smartwatch cashes in on millennial nostalgia
How much do you still like Harry Potter? Enough to put up with a device that our own Dan Siefert called “basic and boring” and which Gizmodo’s Victoria Song called “the worst smartwatch I’ve ever used”? Well boy do I have a limited edition tie-in for you.
The OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Limited Edition is a new version of the company’s disappointing debut smartwatch themed around the boy wizard. It’s currently listed for ₹16,999 (around $225), and will be available exclusively in India. That’s a small premium over the ₹14,999 (around $200) the regular version of the watch retails for in the country. NDTV notes the watch will go on general sale from October 21st.
The limited edition version of the watch naturally includes a number of Harry Potter-themed elements. It has a copper color scheme and a brown leather band adorned with Harry Potter branding, and it comes in a box themed around the magical entryway to Diagon Alley.
Software tweaks include six themed watch faces, including four based around the Hogwarts school houses, as well as special boot and charging animations. XDA Developers has gotten its hands on the watch if you’d like to read some first-hand impressions.
Despite its disappointing initial reviews, OnePlus has been updating the watch since its release, adding new features like an always-on display and remote control camera function. But based on Dan’s experience with the smartwatch, it might need a lot more than a wizarding-themed coat of paint to turn it into a must-have accessory.