CES 2019: Mobvoi unveils new WearOS TicWatches
It’s been a very busy day at CES today, and we’re still not done. The latest news comes from Chinese firm Mobvoi which has taken the wraps off two new WearOS smartwatches. TicWatch E2 and S2 are follow-ups to the company’s affordable smartwatches, and come with upgraded designs and more battery life.
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The technical specs for both variants are pretty much identical. The watches feature a 1.39-inch 400×400 AMOLED display and a swim-proof design (5 ATM). You’ll find the same polycarbonate build, with E2 available only in black and S2 in black as well as white (available later).
Built with fitness in mind, the watches look quite sporty. The shapes are slightly different, though, with E2 casing measuring 46.79 x 52.21 x 13.78mm and S2 49.45 x 51.60 x 14.39mm.
Under the hood you’ll find 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. The usual fitness tracking tech is also part of the package, including a heart rate sensor and built-in GPS/GLONASS/Beidou. Not bad for a budget smartwatch.
Unfortunately, Mobvoi is still using the aging Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip and not the more energy-efficient Wear 3100. Hence, the 415 mAh battery won’t last much above 2 days between charges. This is, nevertheless, a 30% improvement over the previous generation. There’s also no NFC for Google Pay.
“TicWatch E2 and TicWatch S2 are designed for those with really active lifestyles”, explained Zhifei Li, CEO and co-founder of Mobvoi.
“These second-generation smartwatches help you stay connected and track your health and fitness data while you’re on the move. Whether that’s in a pool, at the gym, in the office or on the road, these TicWatches will move you.”
It’s worth noting, these are full-fledged smartwatches running Google’s Wear OS. This means users can benefit from thousands of standalone apps as well as support from Google Assistant.
Both models look to be pretty good Android Wear options. You can order them on Amazon (view Ticwatch E2 on Amazon; view Ticwatch S2 on Amazon).
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