- Low-cost fitness tracker (estimated $80)
- 7 day battery life
- Sensors: body temperature, heart rate, blood oxygen, breathing rate
- Based on Mobvoi’s proprietary platform, not WearOS
- Launches: April 13th 2021
April 13th Update: TicWatch GTH is now available at Amazon here.
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:
- Body temperature
- Heart rate
- Blood-oxygen level
- Breathing rate
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.