I have a soft spot for TicWatch and Mobvoi, they make some really nice gear and I was a particular fan of their TicWatch Pro that I reviewed here. I have also been using the TicWatch S2 for nearly a year and it has been used and abused without a hitch over all that time.
So, when I heard that there were was a new one on the way I was intrigued. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait very long as you can see from the title. The TicWatch Pro 3 GPS is now a reality and boy does it look good.
The biggest news is of course that this is one of the first batches of the new and improved Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform. This is a new platform that promises to quite literally get the – until now – sluggish UI of Wear OS up to speed. Don’t get me wrong, on the older platform it coped but you had to do some slight tweaking to really get the most from it. On Wear 4100 you shouldn’t have this problem anymore.
Along with the big headline features, the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS also has some other cool bit onboard, including TicOxgen to monitor oxygen levels in your bloodstream. TicZen will monitor your stress levels and tell you when you need to use Ticbreathe to bring them back under control. To ensure that these levels are not caused by noise, TicHearing will keep an ear open to the ambient environment and advise you as appropriate.
We have seen a lot of these features in the new Apple Watch 6 but things like TicHearing are features that have not been seen on Wear OS devices as of yet. This puts the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS in a unique position in the market one which I think it will capitalise upon. The reason for this is down to the dual personality aspect of the watch.
Yes, like its predecessor the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS can be used in two modes and will drive a different screen layer depending on what mode you are using. It has now been developed to Dual Mode 2 and still features the AMOLED screen and the Always-On FSTN screen. This was what intrigued me the most about it forerunner but in truth, I did find it was a bit buggy, so I have hopes that it will have gained some improvements by – in part – the increase in power from the Wear 4100 platform.
Another area of improvement is in the size of the watch, in particular, the thickness as this has now been reduced by 0.4mm. Now I know this doesn’t sound like much but from the picture below, it looks like it will make a difference.
In addition to the thinning, there has also been a weight loss as well with a reduction in weight of 28 grams. Again, very significant for something that is being worn day in and day out. What is really amazing is that they have still managed to pack in a GPS module that works with GPS, GLONASS, GNSS, BEIDOU, QZSS and GALILEO. Which in layman’s terms means you are covered for Position information pretty much anywhere in the world.
To top all this off as well you will get some stunning battery life coming from a 577mAh battery that gives projected battery lives of 72 hours in Smart mode and up to 45 days in Essential mode!
So I think it is fair to say that the new TicWatch Pro3 GPS makes for a pretty damn compelling Wear OS smartwatch and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it. You can buy one know from either Amazon or Mobvoi now for £289.99
For the full specs then check out this table.
TicWatch Pro 3 Smartwatch Specs:
The new TicWatch flagship is one of the first to launch with the new processor which will provide optimized performance and speed like never before
San Francisco – September 24, 2020 – Mobvoi Inc., leading AI company and maker of TicWatch, today launched its highly-anticipated TicWatch Pro 3 GPS. The smartwatch is the first Wear OS by Google™ smartwatch to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform, making it the most powerful and advanced TicWatch yet. It also features an enhanced battery life, blood oxygen tracking, new Tic apps including TicZen, TicBreathe, and TicOxygen, and more workout modes. The entire design has been updated to be lighter, thinner, and stronger, and has an incredibly sleek appearance with a comfortable silicone strap. Even with a larger-capacity battery, the TicWatch Pro 3 is slimmer than the TicWatch Pro 4G and Pro 2020.
Enhanced battery life with up to 72 hours of use in Smart Mode
Mobvoi upgraded the battery size on the TicWatch Pro 3 to 577mAh after conducting internal research concluded that longer battery size was the key between a good and great smartwatch. In Smart Mode, you have up to 72 hours of use, while in Essential Mode, you have up to 45 days of use.
The first Wear OS by Google smartwatch with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platform
The TicWatch Pro 3 smartwatch takes full advantage of the super-fast performance and ultra-low power of the highly-anticipated Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform. The high performance is made possible through the revamped CPU, GPU and memory subsystems while the low power is achieved with the 12 nanometer process and a series of platform optimizations. These enhancements support faster app launches and help to bring a highly fluid and responsive user experience to the smartwatch.
The TicWatch Pro 3 is powered with Wear OS by Google, meaning you have access to Google apps and services made for the watch. With NFC functionality, Google Pay™ is the fast, simple way to pay in stores. Your wallet and your phone can stay in your pocket as you power through your day with up to 72 hours (3 days) of battery life. You can customize your watch to suit you with your selection of helpful Tiles, and manage daily tasks with Google Assistant. Whether you’re adding apps from Google Play™, changing watch faces or need a little help, Wear OS by Google makes it all seamless.
Dual Display 2.0 with Smart Mode and enhanced Essential Mode
Mobvoi’s Dual Display technology, which layers an analog screen on top of a smarter display, has been upgraded as well. Dual Display 2.0 allows you to opt for Smart Mode, providing up to 72 hours battery life, or an enhanced Essential Mode, providing up to 45 days of battery life. You can toggle between the 1.4 inch AMOLED Retina screen with automatic brightness adjustment and the power-saving Always-ON FSTN display with a simple flick of the wrist.
Made for active users with optimized fitness tracking and health monitoring
A host of new features have been added to enhance TicWatch Pro 3. Mobvoi’s previous apps including TicHealth, TicMotion, TicExercise and TicSleep are available on the watch. Each of these apps allows you to monitor your activity, health and sleep, by using advanced sensors and gyrometer to track movements.
In addition to these features, the TicWatch boasts a range of new apps, including:
- TicOxgen: will monitor blood oxygen saturation. The app starts tracking as you start your day and gives you an indicator of your overall health.
- TicZen: monitors stress by analyzing the Standard Deviation of NN intervals (SDNN), the key indicator of Heart Rate Variability (HRV). It uses TicBreathe to bring your stress levels down to normal.
- TicBreathe: helps improve heart-rate level and stress through scientific breathing methods and monitors your heart rate changes through algorithms based on their stress condition.
- TicHearing: measures environmental noise between 30dB to 120 dB and determines whether it’s safe for your hearing organs and nervous system to be in the area
Mobvoi’s proprietary apps have also been upgraded, including:
- TicPulse: offering heart-rate monitoring and providing advice on proper heart-rate zone based on personal information with improved heart rate monitoring.
- TicSleep: now supported in Essential Mode so that it doesn’t light up and disrupt while you sleep with continuous blood oxygen saturation detection measurements.
More TicExercise workout modes and automatic workout detection with TicMotion
TicExercise enables you to track your workouts and see results, with over 10 workout modes, including: Outdoor Run, Outdoor Walk, Indoor Running, Outdoor Cycling, Free Style, Pool Swimming, Rowing, Elliptical, Mountain Climbing, Trail Running and Aerobics.
Furthermore, you don’t have to scroll through and select your workout–Mobvoi developed TicMotion to automatically detect your movement, identify your exercise type, and record your progress–whether you’re running, walking or biking. When you’ve stopped working out, it records your workout in TicExercise. With an IP68 rating, the TicWatch Pro 3 is suitable for swimming. The added barometer measures your altitude in activities like Mountain Climbing, and a built-in GPS enables you to track your workout route–you can see where you are and how high you are. The GPS uses 5 powerful Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) constellations which are GPS for the US, BEIDOU for China and most of Southeast Asia, GALILEO for Europe, GLONASS for Russia and QZSS for Japan.
Refined and updated design that’s sleek and perfect for all
Mobvoi worked on an updated design that pushes the boundaries of smartwatch technology while preserving the heritage of watchmaking. The TicWatch Pro 3 is lighter, thinner, and stronger than its predecessors, making it a sleek smartwatch for everyday use.
The TicWatch Pro 3 is 47mm in diameter with a thickness of 12.2mm (0.4mm thinner than the TicWatch Pro 4G or Pro 2020) and is made from stainless steel and high-strength nylon plus glass fiber. It is 28% lighter than the TicWatch Pro 4G or 2020. Mobvoi included a black interchangeable 22mm silicone watch strap with orange stitching versatile enough for working out and going out. The watch comes in a futuristic Shadow Black color.
Even with a higher-capacity battery physically 40% larger than the TicWatch Pro 4G and Pro 2020, the TicWatch Pro 3 is slimmer than the TicWatch Pro 4G and Pro 2020.
Thousands of watch face options
Mobvoi’s design team has worked on a range of customizable watch faces so you can choose a theme and face that suits their personality. You can also upload pictures and turn them into custom watch faces through the companion Mobvoi smartphone app.
The TicWatch Pro 3 is an innovative next-generation smartwatch that packs in speed, performance, and design, all for a competitive price. The smartwatch will be available from Mobvoi.com and Amazon.com at a price of USD $299.99/£289.99/€299.99/¥35,
TicWatch Pro 3 Smartwatch Specs:
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