[Updated: LTE variant now on sale in France and Spain] Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 3 could be the savior of the Wear OS platform

It’s not often that you can say that a product is the best in its segment sight unseen, but that’s the case with the brand new TicWatch Pro 3 from Mobvoi. Being the first Wear OS watch to run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset, the TicWatch Pro 3 is on point to be the most exciting device to use Google’s smartwatch platform since, well, almost forever. There’s more to the TicWatch Pro 3 than just the beefy processor, with enhanced battery life, a slimmer design, and new features such as TicHearing and TicZen.

Updated May 18th: Mobvoi has just announced that the LTE variant of the Snapdragon Wear 4100-powered TicWatch Pro 3 has launched in France and Spain, supported by the Orange network and priced at €359 from Mobvoi’s online store.
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Updated December 3rd: An LTE variant of the TicWatch Pro 3 is now on sale in the UK, Germany, and Spain in partnership with Vodafone, exclusively on the network’s OneNumber Plan which lets you use the same number on your phone and watch, along with all allowances. Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 3 LTE looks exactly the same as its WiFi sibling, it just has eSIM functionality and costs slightly more at £329.99/€359.99. It’s available directly from Mobvoi as well as the UK and German Vodafone stores.

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The watch casing is made from stainless steel and plastic with the same sporty design as its predecessors. It comes with a 22mm solid silicone strap with orange stitching, but you can swap out for a strap of your own choosing. There is a range of customizable watch faces to suit your preferred theme and you can personalize it even further by uploading your pictures through the Mobvoi companion app.

The TicWatch Pro 3 improves on the dual-layer display technology of the original model with Dual Display 2.0 with a 1.4-inch AMOLED Retina display with automatic brightness and a power-saving Always-ON FSTN panel, which can be toggled on or off with the flick of a wrist.

The powerful new Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset is accompanied by 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage, with Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC connectivity technologies in attendance, which means that Google Pay is supported. You can see from the image embedded above just how much more powerful the Snapdragon Wear 4100 chip is over its predecessor. It should be a real game-changer and actually make the Wear OS experience smooth and enjoyable.

With a 40% bigger battery (577mAh) than its predecessor, the TicWatch Pro 3 is capable of up to 3 days usage in Smart Mode, and up to 45 days when using Essential Mode which pares down the feature set.

Key features

  • Optimized fitness tracking and health monitoring, including TicHealth, TicMotion, TicExercise, and TicSleep, plus the following:
    • TicOxygen: monitoring blood oxygen saturation
    • TicZen: monitoring stress
    • TicBreathe: to help improve heart-rate and stress levels
    • TicHearing: measuring noise levels in the immediate vicinity and confirming your safety

Other notable features include IP68 water and dust resistance, a GPS sensor that supports Beidou, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS, as well as a barometer.

The TicWatch Pro 3 is already on sale in the US, Europe, and the UK at the following prices:

  • US: $299
  • Europe: $299
  • UK: £289

You can pick up the TicWatch Pro directly from Mobvoi’s online store or from Amazon right now.

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