Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

TicWatch Pro available now: why you’ll want one

TicWatch Pro available now: why you’ll want one

The TicWatch Pro is now available, and it retails for $249 in the United States. From then until September 30, it'll be an Amazon exclusive product but you won't have to be a subcriber to the Prime service to be able to buy it.

This is cheaper than a lot of other high-end smartwatches though with Mobvoi specializing in wrist tech that doesn't cost that much money but comes with a premium design. That means performance should be comparable to most other Wear OS options out there. Indeed, with its Snapdragon 2100 chipset, the TicWatch Pro is running hardware more than two years old.

Let's start with the screen, because that's by far the most interesting part of the Ticwatch Pro.

You get both a circular OLED touchscreen, which is fairly standard for a smartwatch, and a low power black and white FSTN LCD display, which sits on top of the OLED screen. In most cases that will be the OLED one, and you'll get a standard Wear OS experience. When the main watch display is off, the reflective LCD turns on, turning the TicWatch Pro into a big Casio watch of sorts that tells time, steps and heart rate. The FSTN display is also great for outdoor use.

The case is made from glass fiber infused nylon, similar to what we've seen from other sports-focussed smartwatches, but has a stainless steel bezel and rear cover for added durability. Called the TicWatch Pro, this new watch is a bit more serious, but really impressive sounding considering its price. The colors offered are Black and Silver. It is available by way of Mobvoi's website if you don't want to wait.

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In all it looks to be going for a classy appearance, rather than a sporty one. It replaces the "always-on" mode that's on Wear OS watches by default, or can be booted up in a separate "Essential Mode" that makes the watch a basic, low-powered fitness tracker. Together, the whole thing is IP68 water and dust resistant, which means depths of up to 1.5m for as long as thirty minutes are safe, though the company doesn't recommend swimming with the smartwatch on.

The Ticwatch Pro may look like a fashion-led watch, but it comes with a heart rate monitor, Global Positioning System and step tracking skills.

Health and Fitness - Sensors include a heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyro, magnetic sensor, ambient light sensor and low latency off-body sensor. The Google Assistant allows you to do other tasks and control other smart devices from the watch. You can enable it manually, and get up to 30 days use, or have Essential Mode automatically switch on when Smart Mode reaches low battery. An LTE version of the watch is expected down the road.

The TicWatch Pro, a unique new Wear OS smartwatch that squeezes two screens into its face, is available now to Amazon Prime members for $250 (£220 or AU$370). When the 400 x 400 resolution OLED panel goes to standby after a period of inactivity, the FSTN panel kicks in and shows the time constantly, ensuring the more battery-draining OLED panel isn't using any power at all.

As for the rest of the story, the TicWatch Pro has all of the specs you could ask for in a Wear OS device at this time.

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