TicWatch Pro – Unboxing

I have been testing the TicWatch S2 for the past few days whilst I have been away on holiday and I have been mightily impressed with it in general. There has however been one thing that has been slightly annoying me and that was the battery life of the thing. I have been fairly active over my week away and during that time the watch was being used to track all my activities which it did worry free. There was a side effect of this effective tracking however and that was the battery life. Now in my research for doing the review I was also able to see that TicWatch have a pro version in their line up which I was keen to try. Well, I have it here in Coolsmartphone Towers and I am keen to have a look at it.


Here we go….

The TicWatch Pro shares a lot of similarities with the TicWatch S2 that I have looked at previously. They both run the same Qualcomm Wear 2100 chipset, both have the same screen size and resolution. They both use Wifi and Bluetooth for connectivity. Both the watches will work with the very latest Google Wear software. Both have all the sensors that you would expect of a modern Wear OS devices such as Accelerometer, Gyroscope, GPS and Heart Rate Monitor. There are however quite a few major differences present though.

The Pro has got Google Pay via NFC support, it also has an external speaker. You will find 2 buttons on the crown and the device is made of slightly more premium materials to give more of a quality feel. The watch has form as a higher priority that Function which gives it a more esteemed look and feels over its more ruggedized cousin.

The whole watch is also slightly thinner which makes it less bulky and obtrusive when on your wrist which I like.

The biggest difference, however, is the coolest. The Pro is capable of up to 30-day battery life when used in “Essential mode”. What is “Essential mode’ I hear you ask, well let’s try and explain.

When in normal usage the watch will function just like any other Wear OS device and this will give you similar battery life to that of the S2. You can, however, use a second display panel that sits on top of the AMOLED one that Wear OS uses to display a different watch interface. this interface is “Essential Mode’ and this is what will allow you to stretch out to up to 30 days.

The screen is a Film compensated Super Twisted Nematic (FSTN) LCD display. It has high sunlight visibility without having to use a high backlight level and it will display all your important information when you are using it. It is really designed for when you using it for working out and you may not be connected to your phone. Another really cool touch is that if you don’t need the 30 days life then you can utilise a sort of Hybrid mode that will switch between the two displays when required, which is neat.

Here the full specs for you check out for now.

TicWatch Pro’s Technical Specifications:

Device OSWear OS by Google
Dimension45mm x 12.6mm
Display1.39” OLED 400 x 400 + FSTN display
ChipsetQualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 2100
MemoryRAM: 512MB / Storage: 4GB
GPSGPS / AGPS
NFC PaymentsGoogle Pay
ConnectivityBluetooth: 4.2 / Wi-Fi: 802.11bgn 2.4GHz
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, Magnetic Sensor, PPG Heart Rate sensor,

Ambient Light Sensor, Low Latency Off-Body Sensor

Battery415mAh
Days of UseSmart Mode (Wear OS): 2 days;

Essential Mode: 30 days

Water ResistantIP68 (up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 mins; swimming not recommended

Another few things that differ from the S2 is the inclusion of a speaker allows for the Google Assitant service to be used correctly. Lastly, we have got a superior build quality.

The full review will be coming very soon.

Mobvoi launches TicWatch Pro, a premium smartwatch powered with Wear OS by Google™

Layered Display technology extends battery life between five to 30 days on a single charge

San Francisco, CA – July 10th, 2018 Mobvoi Inc., a leading artificial intelligence (AI) company backed by Google™ and Volkswagen, is launching TicWatch Pro, whose innovative Layered Display technology enables it to last between 5-30 days on a single charge. It’s available now on Amazon UK with an MSRP of £219.99. Powered with Wear OS by Google, TicWatch Pro helps users stay connected to what matters to them and make the most of their time.

https://www.mobvoi.com/pages/ticwatchpro

TicWatch Pro’s Layered Display technology (patent pending) is an innovative breakthrough, enabling the user to switch between an FSTN (Film compensated Super Twisted Nematic) LCD display and an OLED display that sit on top of one another. The FSTN display (top layer) is a transparent LCD display chosen due to its low power consumption, high visibility in direct sunlight, and transparent quality when not turned on. This is important in order to ensure the OLED (bottom layer) display’s brightness and colors aren’t compromised when in use.

“TicWatch Pro is the result of our relentless pursuit to make a premium smartwatch that greatly resolves the battery life issues which have been inherent in smartwatches”, explained Zhifei Li, CEO and Co-Founder of Mobvoi. “Our approach has been to innovate with the screen, radically reducing battery consumption. Ultimately, TicWatch Pro is our flagship smartwatch designed to further our mission of bringing anyone and everyone access to affordable, high quality smart devices.”

The power to switch between displays and their related “modes” allows TicWatch Pro users to achieve unprecedented battery life and control over battery usage in an award-winning smartwatch.

  • In “Smart Mode”, the OLED display is active along with Wear OS by Google, and battery life is up to two full days of usage
  • In “Essential Mode”, only the FSTN display is in use and battery life can last up to 30 days
  • When Smart Mode reaches low battery, Essential Mode can automatically be turned on so the watch can last for another three days
  • To switch to Essential Mode, users can turn it on in a dedicated app or long press the watch’s Function (lower) button
  • To switch to Smart Mode, users can long press on the watch’s Power (upper) button

In Essential Mode, users will see time, date, step counting, and heart rate monitoring. The health and fitness data syncs when TicWatch Pro is switched to Smart Mode. OTA updates over time will add more functions into Essential Mode (since the sensors can still be accessed in this mode) including distance traveled, calories burned, speed and cadence. In Smart Mode, users will have the complete Wear OS by Google experience through the OLED display.

Along with its innovative display and unrivaled battery life, TicWatch Pro features include:

  • Google PlayStore – Access to thousands of apps through the on-watch Play Store, and the ability to download them directly on the watch
  • Google Assistant™ – Access the Assistant directly on your wrist to check the weather, start your run, set a reminder and more just by asking
  • Premium build quality – Watch bezel and rear cover are stainless steel (SUS), while the rest of the case is a type of hard nylon (polyamide) reinforced with glass fiber (50GF); skin-friendly silicone strap covered with premium genuine Italian leather
  • NFC Payments – Use Google Pay™ to pay directly from your wrist
  • IP68 Water and dust resistant – Withstands submergence in water up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes (swimming not recommended)
  • Health and fitness sensors – Heart rate monitor, Accelerometer, Gyro, Magnetic Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Low Latency Off-Body Sensor
  • Health and fitness apps – Along with health and fitness apps from Google, Mobvoi’s own Health and Fit apps are pre-installed as well
  • Thousands of watch face options – Available to download through Google Play™
  • Music Streaming – Listen to your playlists through your preferred music streaming app

“The TicWatch Pro is an exciting entrant into the smartwatch segment, the fastest growing segment in wearables today”, said Pankaj Kedia, senior director and business lead, smart wearables segment, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We have been working closely with Mobvoi over the last 2 years and announced our first products in China last month. We are delighted that the TicWatch Pro is coming to the US. We are working with Mobvoi on new experiences, new products and are excited to support their global expansion and the many possibilities they are creating for consumers.”

Mobvoi is setting itself apart in the wearables space through award-winning design, and the innovative integration of artificial intelligence within its line of products. Their TicWatch line is the top selling Wear OS by Google smartwatch line on Amazon. With TicWatch Pro, Mobvoi is now setting the battery life standard in the segment.

TicWatch Pro’s Technical Specifications:

Device OSWear OS by Google
Dimension45mm x 12.6mm
Display1.39” OLED 400 x 400 + FSTN display
ChipsetQualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 2100
MemoryRAM: 512MB / Storage: 4GB
GPSGPS / AGPS
NFC PaymentsGoogle Pay
ConnectivityBluetooth: 4.2 / Wi-Fi: 802.11bgn 2.4GHz
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, Magnetic Sensor, PPG Heart Rate sensor,

Ambient Light Sensor, Low Latency Off-Body Sensor

Battery415mAh
Days of UseSmart Mode (Wear OS): 2 days;

Essential Mode: 30 days

Water ResistantIP68 (up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 mins; swimming not recommended

*Google, Wear OS by Google, Google Assistant, Android Wear, Wear OS, Google Pay and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc. Wear OS by Google works with phones running Android 4.4+ (excluding Go edition) or iOS 9.3+. Supported features may vary between platforms and countries.

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