Since I’ve just bought a TicWatch Pro 3, to upgrade from my TicWatch Pro 2020, I thought you might appreciate some side-by-side comparison photos so you can see how the newer model looks against the older one. Note – I do not get freebies from Mobvoi, and all of the products featured on this website are paid for with my own money.
Overall the TicWatch Pro 3 feels noticably lighter and less bulky on the wrist. The new all-silicone strap feels a bit cheap compared to the leather and silicone hybrid of the Pro 2020, but the upside is that it’s better suited for swimming – the old strap wouldn’t cope well with being submerged in water for very long. The good news is that the straps are interchangeable – I’ve kept my old leather strap from the 2020, and whoever buys it will get the brand new strap off the Pro 3.
Mobvoi is probably best known for its TicWatch Pro products based on the Wear OS platform, but the company also produces some great low-cost smartwatches that run on its own operating system, and the new TicWatch GTH falls into that category.
You might be aware of the existing TicWatch GTX (launched mid-2020) which costs just $59 and offers basic fitness tracking and notifications, along with a battery that lasts up to a week on a single charge. Although it lacks the power and flexibility of a full blown Wear OS device, it provides a good experience for people who just want the basics at a great price.
The TicWatch GTH is a new watch from Mobvoi in the same spirit as its predecessor – great features at a low price. Again, it’s not a Wear OS device, but uses Mobvoi’s proprietary software platform.
The physical design is very different from the GTX – instead of the traditional round face typical of Mobvoi watches the GTH is square, looking similar to an Apple Watch, even with a solitary control button in the same position.
The 1.55in screen uses nice curved glass, that has an anti-fingerprint coating to keep it looking clean. Resolution is 360 by 320px with a pixel density of 310ppi. The overall size of the metal case is 43.2 x 35.2 x 10.5mm, and it’s fully waterproof to a depth of 50meters, so it should be fine for swimming.
The GTH uses a 360mAh battery, which should get you 7-10 days of use between charges, although of course that will vary depending on your personal usage patterns.
Fitness Tracking Features
The fitness tracking features of the TicWatch GTH are the big story here. The watch can constantly monitor four important health signals, 24 hours a day using a built in PPG sensor:
For such a low-cost watch, that’s an impressive feature set. Although there’s no GPS, the built-in accelerometer works alongside Mobvoi’s excellent TicHealth fitness tracking apps to help you measure your performance and progress in a wide range of fitness and sports activities. In addition, TicHealth also includes sleep tracking and stress-level monitoring.
For users who are primarily interested in a device for monitoring their health and fitness status, the GTH seems like it will be a great value option.
Although it’s lacking many of the features you’d expect from a full blown Wear OS device (such as GPS, or the ability to install custom apps) it does have Bluetooth 5.0 and can pair with your smartphone to provide messaging and call notifications.
The TicWatch GTH launches to Western markets on April 13th and is currently being teased on the Mobvoi website – we’ll keep you posted as more details become available.
When the new TicWatch Pro S launched earlier in the week, many tech websites reported that the new model featured twice as much ROM (the memory used to store apps and media) as the TicWatch Pro 2020, an upgrade to 8Gb.
We thought this was a little odd, as the Mobvoi website and Amazon product page both list the ROM as 4Gb, and furthermore the Pro S is based on the same processor and other hardware as the Pro 2020, so it didn’t seem likely that the memory would have recieved an upgrade.
The confusion appears to stem from a press release which was sent to the media – we have been told that this release listed the ROM as 8Gb. We contacted Mobvoi directly to ask for clarification, and the support team there confirmed that the TicWatch Pro S has 4Gb of ROM, the same as the Pro 2020:
Mar 11, 2021, 11:42 GMT+8 Hello,
Thank you for reaching out to the Mobvoi support team!
We greatly appreciate your interest in our TicWatch Pro S. Please kindly noted that the Ticwatch Pro S has 1GB RAM and 4GB ROM.
Thanks for your patience and understanding.
The Mobvoi support team
The current list price of the Pro S is only $40 less than the Pro 3, which is a much better watch – probably the best Wear OS device you can buy right now. While the Pro S is not a bad watch, it’s based on an aging platform, and we think it needs a considerably lower price to position it as a worthy mid-price alternative between the entry level TicWatch E2 (currently $159) and the Pro 3.
A day after the launch of the TicWatch Pro S, Mobvoi has pushed out a software update for the Pro 2020, which appears to offer many of the same features of the new model.
As well as a security patch, the update includes TicHealth 3.0 which brings improved health and fitness tracking capabilities. There’s also better sleep tracking, through TicSleep 2.0 and the new TicHearing app can monitor environmental noise to warn you if your hearing is at risk of damage.
Finally, a new voice-memo feature has been added, making it easy for you to record quick notes into your watch.
Somewhat confusingly, this update seems to give the TicWatch Pro 2020 access to most, if not all, of the features touted as new on the recently released TicWatch Pro S. We’re not yet sure whether the same updated has been pushed out to the original TicWatch Pro – since it’s based on the same hardware platform as the newer model (albeit with 512Mb of RAM instead of 1Gb) there’s no reason the update shouldn’t work for it.
If you’re already an owner of the TicWatch Pro 2020, this upgrade is a bonus. But if you’re currently deciding which TicWatch to buy, we recommend the Pro 3, as this is based on a much newer hardware platform.
Mobvoi today announced the launch of an upgraded version of the TicWatch Pro 2020 (which was itself a minor upgrade of the original TicWatch Pro).
This new variant improves on its predecessor by adding TicHealth 3.0 which offers a selection of sports and fitness oriented features including:
VO2 Max Measurement – to estimate the maximum consumption of oxygen while you’re exercising. It calculates this by tracking your heart rate against your pace, and it can be a useful metric for measuring your relative health.
Running Lap Counter – uses GPS to work out when you’re running around a park or track, and then automatically counts the laps for you.
Heart Range Indicator – gives you an easy to read measure of the range between your resting and max heart rate.
The new model also includes improved sleep tracking, stress level monitoring, and environmental noise measurement to warn when your hearing is at risk through prolonged exposure to loud noise.
While the physical design of the watch remains unchanged from the 2020 model, the user interface has been given a facelift. The underlying hardware remains unchanged, with processor, battery, and screen the same as its predecessor.
Some online sources are claiming this model features an upgrade from 4Gb to 8Gb of ROM (the memory used for storing apps and media), but at present the official product page and Amazon page both list it as 4Gb so we are waiting for clarification from Mobvoi.
The list price is approximately $40 less than the TicWatch Pro 3.
This review gives the Pro 3 a five star rating, and praises its strong performance, great screen, long battery life, and all round functionality, saying that it provides the complete Android smartwatch package.
“Ultimately, this is one of the best smartwatches money can buy right now, nailing the basics in every single way without relying on any crazy quirks or gimmicks to get the job done.”
This is probably the strongest review of the Pro 3 so far, and it certainly looks like Mobvoi is finally gaining some mainstream recognition for its smartwatches. Other Wear OS watch manufacturers are going to have to pull something very impressive out of the bag to beat this.
Respected German tech website, NotebookCheck, has carried out some in-depth performance testing of the TicWatch Pro 3 and found that it delivers better results than competitors from major tech brands, Apple and Samsung.
NotebookCheck is known for its detailed technical reviews, often going into much deeper analysis than most consumer tech publications. In its review of the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS and LTE models, the site carried out several technically rigorous benchmark tests on the application performance and battery life of the watch.
The findings show that in all respects, Mobvoi’s latest smartwatch model performs better than all other devices currently on the market, including the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch.
In its final verdict, the review says: “Thanks to GPS, LTE, and its extensive health-tracking settings, the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 LTE is currently one of the best-equipped Wear OS watches.”