Mobvoi has made official today TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS. The device comes with a more robust build, faster speed and better performance over the original. The company says a 4G LTE version will follow in November.
TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS – a more rugged version of the watch
The TicWatch Pro 3 GPS was released about a year ago. This is the company’s first timepiece to pack the Qualcomm 4100 platform. The fast chip is coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Various upgrades to the watch include the addition of a blood oxygen sensor and an upgraded heart rate sensor.
As previously, TicWatch Pro 3 GPS has a layer display, a 1.4 inch Retina AMOLED with 454 x 454 pixel resolution, and a FSTN which is used for battery conservation.
But one area which has stayed the same with the previous two generations is the IP68 water-resistance. You might think that’s enough for (pool) swimming and in some cases it is. However the watch can’t really handle water pressure that well. This is why it is recommended you do not shower with it.
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The Ultra version of the watch that was announced today comes with “military-grade” build as evidenced by its MIL-STD-810G certificate. Water-resistance, however, stays at only IP68.
The 4100 chip is also unchanged. So we are not getting on upgrade to the 4100+ processor as was initially expected. Battery life at 72 hours in Smart Mode and 45 days in Essential Mode is identical to the non-Ultra iteration.
Improvements come in performance. Mobvoi says this has been improved by 40% on the new version. This should ensure smoother usage and faster app loading. Presumably all of this comes from more power efficient internals – as the chip and memory are the same as on the non-Ultra version of the watch.
A nice update is to do with the FSTN display. This has received a boost in that you can now choose background colors. Previously you only had a grey version.
The other improvement is a doubling of the number of sports modes from 10+ to 20+. Some of these tap into built-in GPS (Galileo, Glonas, Beidou, QZSSS), and there are newly added magnetic compass readings. Other sensors include: accelerometer, gyroscope, HD PPG heart rate sensor, SpO2, low latency off-body sensor and a barometer.
As far as health, in addition to the basics the watch has IHB/Afib detection that can alert you if your heartbeat is too fast, slow or irregular. There are also fatique assesment and stats quantifying your energy levels.
The watch does not come with WearOS 3.0 out of the box. Mobvoi has confirmed the new version of Google’s operating system will come to its devices, but this will not happen until well into 2022.
The $299.99 Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra is available from today on Mobvoi’s website (check price on Amazon). A 4G LTE version will follow in November. That one will run $60 extra.
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