Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Mobvoi launches the TicWatch Pro with Wear OS and killer battery life

Mobvoi launches the TicWatch Pro with Wear OS and killer battery life

However, where the Ticwatch Pro could really win out is in its "Essential Mode", which completely shuts down Wear OS, leaving you with access to only the basic FSTN LCD display.

All these for just $249.99, which is about the same price as many high-end Wear OS smartwatches.

The TicWatch Pro will be available via Amazon, but, at the time of publication the smartwatch isn't ready for sale just yet.

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. It's achieving that by using the FSTN display as a battery saver, since it looks like a black and white display that shows you a minimal amount of info when not in use. Read on below for a full introduction to what the Ticwatch Pro smartwatch will offer you if you decide to buy it soon.

Previously announced in China, the Ticwatch Pro is now officially coming to other countries including the US, UK and Australia. The watch will be available only to Amazon Prime subscribers through August 15. It's actually something called a "Film compensated Super Twisted Nematic (FSTN)" LCD sitting on top of an OLED. The LCD screen will still be able to show you your step count and heart rate, too. If you need full smartwatch capabilities, the circular 1.39-inch 400×400 OLED screen is your main display.

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. As you'd expect, this displays your typical Wear OS software with Mobvoi's collection of watchfaces on board as well. And the health and fitness features offered include heart rate and sleep monitoring, a calories burned counter, Global Positioning System and more.

Apparently, the U.S. might also get a model with LTE included, which could allow you to use the watch in full while leaving your phone at home, but this isn't confirmed and it's not clear whether anywhere else will get a version with LTE. Essential Mode, meanwhile, pushes the battery life to up to 30 days. The company will, later on, release an LTE version of the smartwatch. In the Essential Mode, the TicWatch Pro still monitors your steps and heart rate, as well as the calories burned. Fortunately, it is also a traditional Wear OS by Google smartwatch, so you're not exactly locked into some proprietary and isolated island (*cough* Tizen).

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