Following the launch of Apple’s new Airtag trackers and Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag, mobile maker Oppo looks like it will be the latest to launch a challenge for incumbent tile trackers.
According to reports, Oppo will also launch a tracker with super accurate ultra wideband technology that enables users to get within centimeters of their lost objects. The devices will also be powered by Bluetooth for those who still own UWB-compatible smartphones such as the Galaxy S21 or iPhone 12.
However, there may be a feature that potentially makes Oppo trackers a little more convenient than other devices on the market. Or less, depending on your point of view.
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One Xda developers Reports of images to be published on Weibo suggest that the yet-to-be-announced Oppo trackers can be recharged by USB-C, rather than having a changed coin battery lasting around a year. The site’s alleged images clearly show a USB-C charging port for the low tracker, which you can see below.
If the OPO goes this route it will be a lot more environmentally friendly than all the devices on the market that use either coin batteries or completely non-replaceable ones.
However, it is unclear how long these USB-C batteries will last between the chargers. If you are relying on these trackers to keep your lost items, even charging them semi-regularly will have to seriously curtail the offer.
We are not sure that given the current options in the market, there is no call for Oppo trackers. Until the company decides to launch the third-party app Tile, we will definitely work with anything but the Oppo phone. We are giving Oppo these phones as well or perhaps as an incentive to them.
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