Ticwatch Pro Smartwatch for $249.99 with Amazon Prime
Chinese smartwatches often have to struggle with a badly or not adapted operating system. The Chinese manufacturer Mobvoi has given up this fight and has been using the Wear OS operating system from Google for quite some time – luckily! The Ticwatch Pro is the current top model of the company and combines two displays!
- Ticwatch Pro Smartwatch
|Display||1.4 inch AMOLED, resolution: 400 x 400 pixels + LCD|
||Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100|
|Main memory||512 MB|
|Internal memory||4 GB, not expandable|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, A-GPS, NFC|
|Operating system||Wear OS, German, compatible with Android, iOS|
|Features||Heart Rate, Pedometer, Notifications, Phone, News, Google Play Store, Google Maps, Music Remote, Google Pay|
|Display dimensions||45 mm x 14.6 mm|
|Scope of delivery||Ticwatch Pro, charging station, USB cable, user manual|
The Ticwatch Pro has a much more robust design than most Smartwatches. The stainless steel look is based on more famous men’s wristwatches. However, the watch case is not made of stainless steel, but of carbon fibers, which have been reinforced with nylon. On the right side there are two crowns, which probably serve as function keys.
The Ticwatch Pro has been awarded IP68 certification, making it dustproof and waterproof. The bracelet is mainly made of cowhide, but the inner surface is made of a silicone layer. This offers a particular advantage during sporting activities, as it is sweat-resistant where it needs to be. At first glance, the Ticwatch Pro looks very much like a “normal” wristwatch.
Ticwatch Pro with two displays
Why is the Ticwatch Pro the prestige model of the manufacturer? It doesn’t work with just one display, but with two. The idea behind it is quite simple and ingenious, because you can combine a standard fitness tracker with a Smartwatch. This refers to the display types used and the associated battery life. Both display panels lie on top of each other.
The upper display is an LCD display which is responsible for the essential mode. As the name suggests, this display only shows all necessary information, i.e. time, number of steps, pulse and date. Because the LCD display is laminated, it is also particularly easy to read in sunlight. Since it is only a “black and white” display, the battery life is very high with up to 30 days. We know such values from a Xiaomi Mi Band 2 or maybe even the Amazfit Bip.
Those who need more than just the necessary information can use the smart mode, i.e. the actual Smartwatch. If you switch to the installed apps, they are shown on an AMOLED display with a resolution of 400 x 400 pixels. The touch screen even supports multiple touches and, of course, offers a wider colour spectrum than the LC display. However, this also reduces the battery life, which is given as 2 to 5 days.
Wide range of functions thanks to WearOS
Of course, the runtime is not only reduced by the other display panel. The actual Smartwatch works of course with far more processes, because WearOS by Google is installed on it. This is Google’s own operating system for Smartwatches. Thanks to the Play Store for watch apps, the potential functionality is of course immense; apps like Spotify, Google Maps, Uber or Google Fit are only the spearhead. The Google Assistant has also found its way to the Ticwatch Pro. So you can bombard it with voice commands when time is running out again.
For fitness fanatics, the watch offers an integrated GPS tracker, a heart rate monitor on the bottom of the watch case and a step and calorie counter. Of course, tracking using Google Fit and listening to music via Spotify or Google Play Music is also practical. If you can use Spotify offline, we can’t say at the moment. In “official” way WearOS supports, out of Google’s own interest, only the offline use of Google Play Music.
Google Pay support thanks to NFC
Of course, all this also requires some hardware. Inside is the Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, which isn’t the latest anymore. Nevertheless: four cores with 1.2 GHz, energy-efficient and the support of various connectivity standards speak for this CPU. However, one should not forget to mention that the successor, the Snapdragon Wear 3100, will be introduced in the first Smartwatches in 2018. In addition there is 4 GB memory and 512 MB RAM. We also find similar features in the Amazfit Stratos.
The 415 mAh battery can be charged using a USB dock and lasts between 2 and 30 days, depending on use! The Ticwatch Pro also includes a Bluetooth 4.2 module, 802.11 b/g/n/ WiFi, GPS, A-GPS and various sensors. These include a magnetic sensor, acceleration sensor and ambient light sensor.
A special feature that the Ticwatch Pro has to offer: NFC, meaning Near Field Communication. The newly introduced Huami Amazfit Verge also has NFC, as well as a version of the Xiaomi Mi Band 3, but an integration of Google Pay is not yet foreseeable.
Since we liked the Ticwatch E in the presentation, I am really enthusiastic about the Ticwatch Pro. I find the idea with the two displays very interesting, but a practical test has to show whether the theory delivers what it promises. NFC and Google Pay is also a killer argument for the watch, I think, if you value contactless payment. What speaks against it? With over $200 the watch is certainly not a bargain. But that somehow sounds as if we should test it for you, doesn’t it?To the gadget