First impressions of TicWatch Pro 3
- TicWatch Pro 3 is officially equipped with a 72-hour battery, Snapdragon 4100, Wear OS, and a price of $299.
- Mobvoi’s latest TicWatch Pro 3 is very important. This smartwatch is the first watch equipped with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset.
Mobvoi’s latest TicWatch Pro 3 is very important. This smartwatch is the first watch equipped with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset, which may be the biggest leap for Wear OS in some time.
We spent some time learning about TicWatch Pro 3 to better understand whether this is the answer to many of the platform’s problems or just another false dawn.
Of course, although Wear OS is a rugged and durable wearable operating system, it is severely hindered by a poorly optimized chipset, performance issues make it prohibitive, and it is generally not as good as it should be.
For Mobvoi, the bump in the chipset is also a big deal, because the company avoided using the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset in its previous smartphones and instead adopted the incredibly old Wear2100.
Considering that some hardware before TicWatch Pro 3 is amazing, it is always disappointed by outdated internal conditions.
Mobvoi at least insisted on its foundation in the design of TicWatch Pro 3. If you don’t like bulky watches, then we are not sure if it is right for you. I can deal with styles personally, but to be honest, I prefer “minimal” or “fashionable” things.
For smaller wrists, even if the volume of TicWatch Pro 3 is reduced a bit, this is a bulky beast. Although I found the included artificial leather style strap to be very comfortable,
I learned that this larger coverage means it may not be suitable for everyone. However, if you are already using the second generation TicWatch Pro, it will be an easy task.
The dual-screen display is a neat feature, but I don’t think it adds anything to the package provided. It almost seems that it “cheaps” the design and hardware.
In hindsight, the $300 watch mainly has a digital display, which is a bit strange. The reason I say “primarily” is because when you first set up the device, unless you enable the always-on option, it will default to a digital display.
I did this almost immediately because I felt that the digital options reduced the appearance.
The observatory around the rimmed bezel is much smaller, and on the TicWatch Pro in early 2020, the dial has undergone some improvements, and I find the most daily improvements.
It is easier to tap and swipe from the edge of the 1.4-inch display-not that it is difficult at first. The larger side bezel buttons are still big and manageable.
Fortunately, the menu system here has also been overhauled. Often use annoying dial-type scrolling menus, and instead use double-row vertical scrolling menus.
The application icons are larger and easier to press on a smaller display. I find myself more inclined to use the app on the watch because scrolling and clicking are easier than ever.
The recent software update seems to have greatly improved performance. Delay is not something I often notice.
I noticed some hangs during the installation, but compared to the previous Mobvoi smartwatch, a week later, I am happy to say that things seem very impressive.
Scrolling won’t stall, and UI elements now feel more agile and responsive. This is by no means a huge leap, but if you have ever used a Wear OS watch, you will immediately notice.
I will do my best before the review in the next few weeks, but considering that I have been using TicWatch Pro 3 for a short time, the performance improvement is indeed promising.
Mobvoi has increased the battery power of TicWatch Pro 3 to 577mAh. They said this usually means up to 72 hours of battery life. In the initial stage, I haven’t seen a 3-day lifespan, but I can easily use this watch for two days without having to find a charging cable.
I’m sure that fans of “Basic Mode” will like the 45-day lifespan, but by then, I would rather wear a wristband than a large digital watch.
The charger has changed again this time. Gone are the cradles of magnetic clips that are easy to install but easy to remove. As time goes by, I will be troubled by this. I am not sure why the charger should be replaced.
So far, charging does seem to be very fast and consistent. On the bright side, I only need to charge it about three times a week.
In general, I have to say that although the design still feels like an acquired taste, the performance enhancements seem to make them a promising Android-focused wearable device.
The price is about $300, and I am worried that TicWatch Pro 3 may not be sold. But, so far, it looks pretty good.
What’s interesting is that over time, the Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset can indeed withstand it, but at present, it is smooth and smooth, and more importantly, it has begun to appear in new Wear OS watches.
TicWatch 3 Pro may be the first, but we are happy to see the next wave of new chipsets in the coming months.