After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Google-backed Mobvoi launched the Ticwatch S and E in the US last year, following on from the impressive TicHome Mini Google Assistant speaker. The stylish Ticwatches now run Wear OS 2.9 out of the box (Android Wear 2.0 at time of initial release) and are making their way across the Atlantic to the UK. They're both available to purchase from today.
The Ticwatch S goes for a traditionally sporty look.
The slightly larger Ticwatch S (which stands for Sport) will go on sale for £177.99, which gets you a dual-core MediaTek chipset, 1.4" OLED display, 300mAh battery, and an IP67 rating. The smaller Ticwatch E (for Express) sells at a £145.99 with much the same specifications. Both include Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, and an array of sensors: GPS, Heart-rate monitor, Proximity, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and e-Compass.
Only the size, weight, and design differentiate the two models. The Ticwatch S is 45mm in diameter, 13mm thick, and weighs 45.5g, whereas the Ticwatch E has a 44mm diameter, is 13.55mm thick, and weighs just 41.5g. Both are capable of fitness and sleep tracking, as you would expect, and they include Mobvoi's proprietary app suite.
The Ticwatch E goes for understated, minimal chic.
Each model comes in Black, White, and Yellow color options, and Mobvoi can boast a Good Design Award for Ticwatch E and an IF Design Award for Ticwatch S in 2017 — they're certainly attractive watches. You can grab either timepiece today from Amazon or Mobvoi's UK online store.
As some of you have pointed out, the watches have been available on Amazon.co.uk since November last year. I reached out to Mobvoi to clarify. It says they were only available in Euro currency until now and this latest press release signals the company's intention to focus more on the UK market going forward. So the press release was, let's say, economical with the truth.
Mobvoi Launches Ticwatch S and Ticwatch E Smartwatches, Both Powered by Wear OS™, in the UK
Affordable smartwatch range available on Amazon UK and Mobvoi’s online store from £145.99
London, UK - 22 March 2018 – Mobvoi Inc., a leading artificial intelligence (AI) company backed by Google and Volkswagen, is today launching their best-selling smartwatches, Ticwatch S (Sport) & E (Express), in the UK. Both watches will be available to purchase through Amazon UK and Mobvoi’s online store with prices starting at £145.99 for E and £177.99 for S.Ticwatch S & E, with a full suite of sensors and built-in GPS tracking, have been designed and developed to encourage an active lifestyle. Powered by Wear OS (formerly known as Android Wear), both have intuitive user interfaces that provide easy access to thousands of apps for everything from fitness tracking and sleep monitoring to music streaming and controlling smart home devices.With Mobvoi developing their own wearable apps for the past four years, Ticwatch S & E will come loaded with the company’s own health and fitness apps that not only track heart rate and steps, calculate calories burned and log workouts, but also provide clear insights.In addition to the essential sensors that enable accurate health tracking, such as a heart-rate monitor, accelerometer and GPS, both watches feature IP67 water and dust resistance –protecting them from rain, splashes of water and accidental submersion.Whilst Ticwatch S & E are functionally similar, each is designed to appeal to a range of lifestyles. The Ticwatch E features a unique translucent casing design that enables users to swap watch straps to suit any occasion, whereas the Ticwatch S is tailored for a sportier lifestyle with breathable watch bands that minimise sweat and are embedded with GPS sensors to greatly improve its positioning accuracy.Besides their functional utility, both watches have drawn critical acclaim for their attractive design, winning a Good Design Award for Ticwatch E and an IF Design Award for Ticwatch S in 2017. Both watches are available in three distinct colours – black, white and yellow, with custom watch faces to match.Zhifei Li, CEO and Cofounder of Mobvoi commented, “As the best-selling Wear OS smartwatch on Amazon in the US, we’re excited to officially bring Ticwatch to people in the UK for the first time and work to replicate the same success seen across the pond.
Ticwatch S & E were born from our extraordinary community of users and they continue to drive us to develop thoughtful, industry-leading products across the whole Tic line.”Mobvoi is continuing to set themselves apart in the consumer technology industry through award-winning design, affordable pricing, keen engagement with their user community and its designation as an official Wear OS partner.
Ticwatch S & E Technical Specifications:
*Requires a phone running Android™ 4.3+ or iOS 8.0+. Supported features may vary between platforms. Visit g.co/wearcheck on your Android phone or iPhone® to see if it’s compatible.| Ticwatch S | Ticwatch E
Size: | 45mm diameter, 13mm thick | 44mm diameter, 13.55mm thick
Weight: | 45.5g | 41.5g
OS: | Wear OS 2.9 | Wear OS 2.9
Compatibility: | iOS 8.0+/Android 4.3+ | iOS 8.0+/Android 4.3+
Chipset: | MTK MT2601 1.2GHz dual-core | MTK MT2601 1.2GHz dual-core
Display: | 1.4” OLED display, 287dpi | 1.4” OLED display, 287dpi
RAM/ROM: | 512MB/4GB | 512MB/4GB
Battery: | 300mAh | 300mAh
Bluetooth: | Bluetooth v4.1/BLE | Bluetooth v4.1/BLE
Network: | WiFi 802.11 b/g/n | WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Mic/Speaker: | Yes/Yes | Yes/Yes
Waterproof: | IP67 | IP67
Sensors: | GPS, Heart-rate monitor, Proximity, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, e-Compass | GPS, Heart-rate monitor, Proximity, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, e-Compass
Colors: | Black/White/Yellow | Black/White/Yellow