Mobvoi has unveiled the TicWatch C2 today at an event in London. The successor to the company’s first smartwatch comes with Wear OS, a healthy boost in specs, but with the old Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset.
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There’s been lots of speculation on the upcoming device. Mobvoi has hinted via social media it might be launching a new smartwatch on October 22nd but this did not pan out. Whether it was a misunderstanding of their tweet or something else it doesn’t really matter. The watch is official now.
The TicWatch C2 measures 42.83mm x 42.83mm and comes in black, silver and rose gold case options. All models sport a 1.3-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. The black and silver versions measure 13.1 mm in depth and come with a 20 mm strap. The rose gold iteration is meant for slightly narrower wrists so measures 12.8mm in thickness and has an 18mm strap. All versions have stainless steel fronts and edges, but the rear is made of plastic.
The internal specs have benefitted from a nice boost. The watch comes with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. There is the usual fitness tracking tech inside, including a heart rate sensor. Furthermore, the C2 model comes with built-in GPS and NFC for Google’s payment service.
Another major change is that Mobvoi has made a move to Google’s Wear OS. Previous models of the TicWatch used the company’s proprietary Ticwear OS. This means users will now be able to benefit from thousands of standalone apps. C2 also comes pre-loaded with Google Assistant to answer any of your pressing questions.
But this is where the good news ends. Unfortunately, Mobvoi is still using the aging Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip and not the more energy-efficient Wear 3100. Hence, the 400 mAh battery can only last around 2 days between charges.
Water-resistance is also not that impressive. The C2 is only certified IP68, which means it can protect against dust and the occasional splash, but don’t plan on swimming with it.
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