Android Wear is normally used in products from larger companies such as Huawei, LG, or ASUS. In the past, some smaller companies claimed to have designed their own Android Wear smastrwatch with approval from Google, but eventually their products went nowhere, even though one was listed on some sellers as a pre-order.
But last summer, Mobvoi launched a Kickstarter campaign for their Ticwatch S & E smartwatches powered by Android Wear, and they managed to raise over $3 millions dollars from close to 20,000 backers with pledges starting at $99. The watches can now be purchased online for $127.99 and up from sites like Amazon, GeekBuying, GearBest, or directly from Mobvoi store.
Ticwatch S (Sport) and E (Express) share many of the same features, but Ticwatch E is a bit lighter and more elegant, while Ticwatch S comes with a breathable band design with an integrated GPS antenna.
- SoC – Mediatek MT2601 dual core ARM Cortex A7 @ 1.2GHz with ARM Mali-400 MP GPU
- System Memory – 512MB RAM
- Storage – 4GB flash
- Display – 1.4″ OLED round multi-touch display with 400×400 resolution; anti-scratch glass
- Audio – Microphone and speaker
- Connectivity – 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE
- Localization – GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
- Sensors – Heart rate monitor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, e-Compass
- S model only – GPS integrated watch band, watch bezel for superior display
- Misc – Vibrator, fuel gauge
- 300 mAh, usually good for over 48 hours depending on usage
- Magnetic connectiong pin charging
- S model – 45mm diameter, 13mm thick
- E model – 44mm diameter, 13.55mm thick
- Weight – S model: 45.5 grams; E model: 41.5 grams
- IP rating – IP67
Both watches run Android Wear 2.0, and are compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 / iOS 8.0 or greater. We can confirm Android Wear is indeed the operating system used as the watches are listed on Android.com website.
Since the devices have been around for a while, we have user reviews on Amazon, which are mixed, but still over 70% of users are satisfied (5 and 4 stars reviews). Complaints are mostly related to battery life (8 to 12 hours), but some also reported problems with display (dead pixel, vertical black line…), or that it will stop working after a few weeks. There are also a few full reviews on the web such as the one embedded below.