TicWatch Pro

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  • TicWatch Pro
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Specs / Features


Battery life lasts 5-30 days on a single charge due to layered display with two modes. No need to compromise performance for battery life. | Smart Mode: Wear OS by Google, AMOLED display, Google Assistant, thousands of apps and watch faces through Google Play store, health & fitness tracking | Essential Mode: Power saving FSTN LCD display, high sunlight visibility, shows essential information including time / date / steps counting / heart rate | Health & fitness tracking: GPS tracker, heart-rate monitor, steps counter, calories burned counter, speed & cadence monitor, sleep monitoring | NFC Pa... More

Battery life lasts 5-30 days on a single charge due to layered display with two modes. No need to compromise performance for battery life. | Smart Mode: Wear OS by Google, AMOLED display, Google Assistant, thousands of apps and watch faces through Google Play store, health & fitness tracking | Essential Mode: Power saving FSTN LCD display, high sunlight visibility, shows essential information including time / date / steps counting / heart rate | Health & fitness tracking: GPS tracker, heart-rate monitor, steps counter, calories burned counter, speed & cadence monitor, sleep monitoring | NFC Payments: Use Google Pay to purchase at millions of places without fumbling around for your wallet

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Specification

Brand Ticwatch
Warranty 12 months
Release date 10-July-2018
Size 4.5 x 1.46 cm (1.8 x 0.6 in)

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Comfortable, durable fit
  • Dual display technology
  • Accurate GPS, heart rate monitor, and step counter
  • Price
  • Exceptional battery life

What's bad

  • Dated processor
  • No 4G/LTE
  • Bezel does not rotate

While far from a household name, the Chinese manufacturer Mobvoi continues to crank out full-featured smartwatches at a fraction of the price of the bigger names in the industry. Their latest release -- the TicWatch Pro -- features an impressive spec list with an affordable price tag. But does the experience sour the value?

While many budget-conscious smartwatches use plastic and rubber to keep costs low, the TicWatch Pro includes a stainless steel bezel and rear cover. The replaceable 22mm silicon wristband is lined with Italian leather for a touch of class at an affordable price. Reviewers agreed that apart from the larger, 45mm face, the watch offers a look that is at home at both the gym or the office.

The TicWatch Pro is IP68-rated for water and dust resistance. So you need not worry about rain, sweaty workouts, or steamy showers. The bezel also includes two buttons for added control flexibility.

The only design complaint focused on the minute markers on the front bezel. Since the bezel doesn’t rotate, right-handed use would cause the markers to be upside down.

The screen itself received positive reviews. The watch uses a dual 1.39-inch screen design -- one monochrome display and one 400-by-400 pixel OLED color display. When not using the smart features, the monochrome display makes it easy to check the time, steps taken, or heart rate without requiring power to the OLED display.

Reviewers liked the feature but noted that the monochrome display lacks a backlight. So you must tap the screen to switch to the color screen at night. Some reviewers also mentioned a slight blurriness to the OLED screen when viewing it through the monochrome one.

The phone runs the same chip as a wide range of other smartwatches made in the past 2 years -- Snapdragon Wear 2100 with 512MB of RAM. But until Fall 2018, that is the only chip available. It also runs Wear OS -- previously Google Android Wear.

The processor and software allow a range of apps plus notification mirroring and SMS or email replies. Other features include GPS, heart-rate monitor, microphone, speaker, and NFC.

While it’s not the snappiest experience, it’s about as good as Wear OS devices get until the next generation of Snapdragon Wear chips release. Reviewers noted sluggishness when loading apps, but found performance respectable overall.

On the fitness tracking features, Ausdroid notes, “A comparison of step count and heart rate tracking with a Fitbit Ionic and Huawei Watch 2 saw all three giving not exactly the same, but very similar data so I’m happy with those results.”

If you’re looking to ditch your phone while working out, there’s no 4G/LTE connectivity. So you are restricted to offline apps and data collection. Reviewers also note that the GPS is slow to connect. Though once it locks, it stays locked and provides accurate locations.

The star of the watch is the 415 mAh battery with magnetic cradle charging. Capable of a full charge in 90 minutes, it offers 2 to 3 days of standard use in a single charge. Using the Essential Mode -- which restricts the phone to the monochrome screen only -- Mobvoi manufacturer claims you can reach up to 30 days between charges.

Overall, reviewers loved the watch. But some were hesitant to recommend it until the new Snapdragon Wear chips drop in the fall of 2018. If you’re not worried about features or performance increases the new hardware might bring, the TicWatch Pro offers good value in a well-designed package.

Pocket-Lint says, “Need an attractive smartwatch that you can wear to work and wear during your workouts? The TicWatch Pro is that watch. Don't need the sports stuff, but want a Wear OS watch with great battery life? TicWatch Pro is that watch too.” New Atlas says, “Wear OS is more or less the same on every Wear OS watch, but aside from that dual-layer screen, this wearable is comfortable to wear, looks good on the wrist, and is responsive in use.”

Critic Reviews


The Gadgeteer

Offers a few smart features like activity tracking and heart rate sensor

from The Gadgeteer

If I was in the market for a Wear OS smartwatch, I would seriously consider the TicWatch Pro over other brands for the main reason that it is still quite useful as a regular watch (with extra features) even after the battery is too low to use the smartwatch features.

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If I was in the market for a Wear OS smartwatch, I would seriously consider the TicWatch Pro over other brands for the main reason that it is still quite useful as a regular watch (with extra features) even after the battery is too low to use the smartwatch features.

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TechnoBuffalo

Two useful screens, one struggling OS

from TechnoBuffalo

Mobvoi couldn’t beat the clock. Now that’s a haunting error. If the TicWatch Pro was released several months ago, it would’ve been a no-brainer to recommend. During the second half of 2018, we suggest waiting to see what the big brands put forward. Your wrist will thank us.

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Mobvoi couldn’t beat the clock. Now that’s a haunting error. If the TicWatch Pro was released several months ago, it would’ve been a no-brainer to recommend. During the second half of 2018, we suggest waiting to see what the big brands put forward. Your wrist will thank us.

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Ausdroid

One of the best Wear OS devices

from Ausdroid

Whether you should buy the Ticwatch Pro is a big question. It’s simply loaded with all the features you could want including that screen which extends your battery life, NFC for payments and with the exception of LTE it’s the whole package. Not a lot of people have expressed interest in LTE o...More

Whether you should buy the Ticwatch Pro is a big question. It’s simply loaded with all the features you could want including that screen which extends your battery life, NFC for payments and with the exception of LTE it’s the whole package. Not a lot of people have expressed interest in LTE on a watch, so that could also be construed as a positive.

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Techgoondu

Looks good, works well

from Techgoondu

It’s packed in some useful technology, in particular, the dual-layer display that is missing on other rivals. Definitely one to consider if you’re in the market for a smartwatch.

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It’s packed in some useful technology, in particular, the dual-layer display that is missing on other rivals. Definitely one to consider if you’re in the market for a smartwatch.

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New Atlas

Dual-layer screen makes for one of the best Wear OS watches

from New Atlas

Even with internal components long overdue an upgrade, Mobvoi has produced a really impressive Wear OS smartwatch with the Ticwatch Pro – one that shoots straight into the top few that you should consider if you're buying today. At the end of our testing period, we were more than happy to carry...More

Even with internal components long overdue an upgrade, Mobvoi has produced a really impressive Wear OS smartwatch with the Ticwatch Pro – one that shoots straight into the top few that you should consider if you're buying today. At the end of our testing period, we were more than happy to carry on using it, which is a testament to its quality.

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Talk Android

Layered displays make it a battery champ

from Talk Android

The TicWatch Pro makes the most of it with a complete set of features (minus LTE) and solid specs, and a very innovative dual-screen design that doesn’t disappoint. I wish the case was a bit smaller, but it has an expansive display, large battery (for a smartwatch) and IP68 rating, so I can only complain so much.

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The TicWatch Pro makes the most of it with a complete set of features (minus LTE) and solid specs, and a very innovative dual-screen design that doesn’t disappoint. I wish the case was a bit smaller, but it has an expansive display, large battery (for a smartwatch) and IP68 rating, so I can only complain so much.

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Android Police

A good Wear watch at a bad time

from Android Police

The TicWatch Pro is a great high-end Wear OS watch that has some useful additions from Mobvoi in the form of its own health and fitness apps. Its two-day battery life is acceptable, definitely aided by the clever secondary display, and in Essential Mode with most of the smart functions turned off...More

The TicWatch Pro is a great high-end Wear OS watch that has some useful additions from Mobvoi in the form of its own health and fitness apps. Its two-day battery life is acceptable, definitely aided by the clever secondary display, and in Essential Mode with most of the smart functions turned off, you can get even more life out of it while still tracking your steps and checking your heart rate from time to time.

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PC & Tech Authority

A good looking and solid watch

from PC & Tech Authority

The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro does bring something new to the Wear OS smartwatch world. It offers a way to extend battery life on a device that needs exactly that enhancement. While that intention and effort is valiant, it doesn't add that much more life than, say, a Samsung Gear S3 is capable of, unless you switch over to the Essential Mode.

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The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro does bring something new to the Wear OS smartwatch world. It offers a way to extend battery life on a device that needs exactly that enhancement. While that intention and effort is valiant, it doesn't add that much more life than, say, a Samsung Gear S3 is capable of, unless you switch over to the Essential Mode.

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Pocket-lint

Best battery-life smartwatch outshines the big brands

from Pocket-lint

Need an attractive smartwatches that you can wear to work and wear during your workouts? The TicWatch Pro is that watch. Don't need the sports stuff, but want a Wear OS watch with great battery life? TicWatch Pro is that watch too. It’s hard to think of many smartwatches at this price point that offer anything as complete.

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Need an attractive smartwatches that you can wear to work and wear during your workouts? The TicWatch Pro is that watch. Don't need the sports stuff, but want a Wear OS watch with great battery life? TicWatch Pro is that watch too. It’s hard to think of many smartwatches at this price point that offer anything as complete.

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Good Gear Guide

Battery life at the expense of smarts

from Good Gear Guide

While the TicWatch Pro is the most expensive of the lot, at $250 it easily offers the best value, with every bell and whistle you could want in a smartwatch (except a cellular chip).

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While the TicWatch Pro is the most expensive of the lot, at $250 it easily offers the best value, with every bell and whistle you could want in a smartwatch (except a cellular chip).

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