Qualcomm announced that Mobvoi would be releasing a new version of the TicWatch Pro this year running the new Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform processor, and now thanks to Amazon we have our first look at it. The Ticwatch Pro 3 with GPS looks like it will be launching, in the UK at least in early October.
The listing on the UK Amazon site has been modified and the images of the device have been swapped out and the original £299.99 price has been changed to £399.99. Assuming it truly is £299.99 without local costs that’s AU$550. The product dimensions also remain to show a device 45.1 x 45.1 x 12.6 mm weighing in at 300 grams.
That price is a premium over their previous device, which hopefully means that the rest of the device has had improvements as well. GPS is confined and Mobvoi has released 4G variants as well so it’s unclear if the TicWatch Pro 3 will include 4G in the launch SKU, or if that will be added to a later update.
The big focus for us will be the processor. Having already been confirmed as running the latest 4100 platform Snapdragon Wear processor we are very interested to know if it is the plus or standard variant, Qualcomm’s statements were a little unclear. The Wear 4100+ platform will include an AON (Always On) Co-processor to provide ultra low power performance for always-on tasks which should dramatically improve both wake responsiveness and battery life. WearOS needs both of these things improved.
The TicWatch Pro 3 hardware itself looks more refined with a slightly sleeker design, a 2 button UI, sorry no 3rd button, unfortunately, and a microphone hole is clearly visible. Mobvoi typically uses magnetic charging but we can hope for wireless. It should sport at least 1GB of RAM and 4 – 8 GB of internal storage and HR tracking at a minimum.
The TicWatch Pro line has always been differentiated by Mobvoi’s second translucent display that sits above the standard LCD panel. This allows for an ultra lower power mode while still showing critical information like the time, date, steps etc. It’s very unlikely that the TicWatch Pro 3 would launch without this display.
With a little over a month until the TicWatch Pro 3 launches, we won’t have long to wait, and I for one am very excited to start seeing the next generation of Wear OS hardware.