When it comes to Wear OS watches the TicWatch line from Mobvoi have been pretty well-received not only for being decent options but also for being on the more affordable end of the spectrum. Mobvoi has just announced its latest Wear OS offering with the 4G LTE-powered version of the TicWatch Pro which will be available through Verizon.
Much of the TicWatch Pro 4G LTE is the same as the original TicWatch, right down to the design of the hardware (although the TicWatch Pro 4G LTE is 11 grams lighter than the original model), but it does now come with the capability to connect to the Verizon Wireless network and Mobvoi has added in a few new features to make it more of an improvement over the original device.
One of these new features, called TicPulse, is a new health assistant that's powered by artificial intelligence and is capable of things like tracking your heart rate proactively in the background. Inside the TicPulse feature you can even disable the 24-hour tracking if you prefer to track your health data only when you manually interact with the feature.
One thing users will want to be aware of however is that Mobvoi claims TicPulse is extremely accurate and that allows the watch to monitor your health without needing your smartphone to be connected, so if you like the idea of not needing your phone for such a task, you may want to keep the 24-hour tracking enabled. It's also worth mentioning that you will need to open the TicPulse app and toggle this on for the first time.
In addition to the TicPulse feature the new watch also includes TicMotion 2.0 which is the evolution of TicMotion that was available on past devices. With this newer version of the feature users can have their workouts tracked automatically so there is one less thing for them to have to interact with. This means instead of opening the TicMotion app every time you want to start tracking your exercise, you can get right to your workouts and the watch will take care of everything for you.
The TicWatch Pro 4G LTE also comes with Number Sharing and Cloud Sync features. Number Sharing lets you automatically sync your phone number to the watch enabling VoLTE voice calls and the sending and receiving of messages, while the Cloud Sync lets you stay connected to notifications from apps that are coming in on your smartphone.
The key draw here is that you don't need to have your phone tethered to the watch for these notifications or calls and messages to come in, which of course means you can leave your phone behind while you exercise and you can still be reached or reach anyone that you need.
Alongside the new features, the TicWatch Pro 4G LTE sees fan-favorite features returning, like the Essential Mode which lets you boost the battery life to 30 days before needing a recharge. NFC is also present which means you can use Google Pay at terminals once you set it up.
The regular retail price for the TicWatch Pro 4G LTE will be $299 but initially Mobvoi will be releasing it at a discounted price of $279 for a limited time, meaning those who want to pick it up should take advantage of the savings while they can. Mobvoi states that this is an early adopter price and it will only be available until August 10. The watch goes on sale today at Amazon and Mobvoi's own website.