Mobvoi is a Chinese firm who makes smartwatches and is known for making some of the most affordable WearOS powered smartwatches. Previously, the company had launched TicWatch S and TicWatch E with starting price as low as $99 via Kickstarter back in 2017. The company has now announced the successors- TicWatch S2 and TicWatch E2 WearOS smartwatches at the ongoing CES 2019.
The S and E denote ‘Sports’ and ‘Express’ in the TicWatch. Both the models feature 1.39-inch AMOLED displays with 400 X 400 resolution. They are powered by the last gen Snapdragon Wear 2100, though the Snapdragon Wear 3100 is the new silicon out there in the market, the company had used the older processor just to save up on the price and it’s understandable. The previous gen S and E smartwatches came with MediaTek processors so we can count this as an improvement. They run on Google’s WearOS and are compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
The battery on the smartwatches is a 415mAH, a 30% bump from the last gen and the company promises 1-2 days of battery depending on the usage. For the connectivity options, they include- Bluetooth v4.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS + GLONASS + Beidou. The sensors include- Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart-rate sensor, low latency off body sensor. They are also swimming and surf ready as they come with a 5 ATM waterproof rating. There is no NFC support on the smartwatches.
The only difference between the TicWatch S2 and TicWatch E2 is that the strap on the E2 will be removable and the strap on the S2 won’t be removable. The S2 will have the GPS built-in to the strap and the E3 will have GPS in the watch itself. The TicWatch E2 will be available in Black color only and the TicWatch S2 will be available in Black and White (available later) variants. The pricing of these smartwatches are unknown as of now, the first gen started at $119, so we expect something similar if not the same price as the first gen.
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