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Keeping Connectivity Within Reach, OPPO Launches Its First Smartwatch With Thales’ eSIM Solutions

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OPPO, the world's leading smart device manufacturer, has selected Thales’ set of eSIM products and services for its OPPO Watch, the brand’s first smartwatch series with built-in cellular connectivity. The launch of the OPPO Watch marks a strategic step into the field of IoT for the company.

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OPPO Watch © OPPO

OPPO Watch © OPPO

One of the most compelling features of the OPPO Watch is the eSIM-based cellular connectivity. Thales’ eSIM allows OPPO Watch users to enjoy a smoothly digital experience by activating a mobile subscription remotely and always stay connected without having to tether it to a mobile phone. Users can make voice calls or send messages at any time directly through the smartwatch, providing seamless connectivity during workouts or other situations where carrying a mobile phone is inconvenient. This smooth experience leverages Thales eSIM solutions to offer a full range of subscription services during the life cycle of the device.

By eliminating the need for an additional SIM card slot, Thales’ eSIM makes sleek mobile-connected smartwatches possible. Indeed it enables a thinner and lighter smartwatch design while freeing up more space for extra features such as up to 50 meter water resistance. It thereby helps OPPO fulfil its mission of elevating life through technological artistry.

The Thales embedded SIM has been qualified by all three China’s mobile operators allowing OPPO smartwatch users to select their mobile subscription from any of these operators.

“As OPPO's first foray into the wearable electronics market, the OPPO Watch marks a strategic step into the field of AIoT (Artificial IoT) for the company. Thanks to Thales' eSIM solutions that bring smartphone-level convenience to smartwatches, users can stay connected in a smarter and more efficient way without restrictions. We are looking forward to working with Thales again, given their leadership in eSIM and the success of our current partnership.”
Liu Bo, President of OPPO China

“The wearable segment is the second largest market for eSIM-compliant consumer electronics after smartphones. ABI Research forecasts that a total of 315 million cellular enabled wearables will have shipped by 2025. Smartwatch makers, in particular, are increasingly on-boarding eSIM connectivity in their flat-design devices to address new smartwatch-only use cases such as kids safety, sports and health monitoring...”
David McQueen, Director, Connected Consumer Devices, ABI ResearchResearch

“Thales is honoured to provide a full suite of eSIM solutions for OPPO Watch. AIoT is one of OPPO’s key focuses aiming to bring customers seamless experiences to their daily life, including sport and health. Thales is OPPO’s key eSIM solutions partner, empowering them with instant connectivity for their consumer devices. We are proud to accompany OPPO on this journey and fully support their ambitions of providing their users with the best innovations available.”
Jérôme Bendell, Vice President of Thales North Asia and CEO of Thales in China

Thales is the world's leader in eSIM connectivity management with more than 200 eSIM management platforms awarded by mobile operators, operator alliances, MVNOs, automotive makers, and OEMs across all continents.

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What is an eSIM: 6 illustrated answers infographic
4 ways to activate eSIM-capable consumer IoT devices dossier
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About Thales

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global technology leader shaping the world of tomorrow today. The Group provides solutions, services and products to customers in the aeronautics, space, transport, digital identity and security, and defence markets. With 83,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales generated sales of €19 billion in 2019 (on a pro forma basis including Gemalto over 12 months).

Thales is investing in particular in digital innovations – connectivity, Big Data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity – technologies that support businesses, organisations and governments in their decisive moments.

About Thales in China

Thales provides innovative solutions for the infrastructure that forms the backbone of China’s growth. The Group has been present in China for around 40 years and is the trusted partner for the Chinese aviation and urban rail transportation industries. In the meanwhile, from secure software to biometrics and encryption, Thales has successfully applied its advanced technology to mobile communication, banking, IoT and software monetization etc. Thales has 3 JVs and employs 2,300 people with offices located in 8 cities in China. Thales established R&D centers and Innovation Hubs in Beijing, Dalian and Hong Kong to provide innovative solutions for both China and international market.

Contact information

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Head of Government Affairs & Communications
Thales in China
Tammy Qiu
+86 10 65875066
tammy.qiu@asia.thalesgroup.com

Thales, Media Relations
Digital Identity & Security
Vanessa Viala
+33 6 07 34 00 34
vanessa.viala@thalesgroup.com

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