In May this year, I posted a review of the Ticwatch 2 smart watch. Back then I thought the wearable was promising but lacked the firepower to go toe to toe with the Apple Watch and Android Wear juggernauts. Well the company behind the Ticwatch 2, Mobvoi, took to Kickstarter to crowdfund for the Ticwatch S & E editions. Surprisingly Mobvoi ditched their own watch OS in favor of Android Wear to power their latest offerings.
Mobvoi is actually bringing 2 versions of their watch to reality via crowdfunding; there’s the Ticwatch E (Express) and the Ticwatch S. (Sport) The main difference between the 2 editions is the addition of a bezel on the Ticwatch S and a translucent watch case on the Ticwatch E.
Both devices appear well endowed in terms of features and should spar equally with the best of smart watches in the market at present. The Ticwatch’s plus point is its ridiculously low entry pricing for the number of features.
Ticwatch S & E Features
- 1.4” OLED multi- capacitative touch display, 287dpi
- Android Wear 2.0
- Heart-rate monitor, Proximity, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, e-Compass
- 4GB on board storage for music
- 300mAh battery capacity for up to 2 days of use
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- BLE 4.1
- IP67 certified
- Microphone and Speaker
- Vibration enabled for smart notifications and alarms
The move towards Android Wear is largely propelled by consumer feedback based on the previous 2 editions of Ticwatch. Adopting Android Wear in its entirety will ensure Mobvoi ships their watches with the latest in smart watch tech as they fight for their share of the smart watch market.
For those of you who just put the money down on a Ticwatch 2, you’d be disappointed to hear that there’s no trade in program for your new purchases. The the MSRP will be $159 for Ticwatch E and $199 for Ticwatch S and backing the crowdfunding efforts will net you either of the watches at a significant discount.
If the response to Kickstarter is a good gauge, the company already raised $750,000 with an initial target goal of a humble $100,000. That’s with 36 more days to go by the way.