Google’s Wear OS is in a state of flux, and there aren’t many smartwatches you should buy right now because most of them will not receive the upgrade. Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra is getting a new option that will be eligible for a Wear OS upgrade this week.
The TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra, as its name suggests, is an allegedly improved version of the TicWatch Pro 3, which was one of the first Snapdragon 4100 smartwatches to arrive last year. What’s new this time? That’s a good question, because Mobvoi’s new product looks suspiciously like the standard TicWatch Pro 3.
The TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra, according to Mobvoi, is “more robust” than previous models, although it has the same MIL-STD-810G rating and a stainless steel/nylon/fiberglass chassis as the TicWatch Pro 3. A 22mm strap, GPS, NFC, and the same set of health sensors are included in the Ultra.
The chip is also a change on this new technology, according to the firm. According to Mobvoi, it’s the Snapdragon 4100 with a “Dual Processor System.” Unfortunately, the business doesn’t go into great depth about what this new arrangement allows the smartwatch to accomplish, although it was “developed from the bottom up” using Mobvoi’s own technology, according to the firm. This appears to be a co-processor system, similar to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 4100+ architecture, that will allow a less power-hungry CPU to handle less complex tasks. Take this information with a grain of salt, as Mobvoi claims to be using this new chip on the standard TicWatch Pro 3. It’s possible that it’s just marketing speak.
The most noticeable change is on the display. The 1.4-inch AMOLED panel remains unchanged from the previous generation, but the low-power FTSN display has seen a significant boost. When in the power-saving “Essential” mode, instead of being a purely monochrome display, users will be able to choose from 18 distinct colors. In “Smart Mode,” Mobvoi says that the battery may last up to 72 hours. The health sensors on the TicWatch Pro 3 and the Ultra look to be the same.
The Bluetooth-only TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra begins at $299/€299/£289 for the basic model. You can add LTE connectivity for an additional $60, but the LTE variant does not appear to be arriving to the United States.