Smartwatches have failed to garner mass adoption seen with smartphones mainly because of their lackluster battery life. While most technology companies have tried to extend battery life by adding features like ultra low power mode, Mobvoi’s Ticwatch Pro has a different solution.
Mobvoi, an AI company, believes the only way to extend battery life of a smartwatch is by developing a new type of display, one that sips less energy, and lasts up to 30 days. The technology is now available on the Ticwatch Pro, which is available for purchase in the US from Amazon at $250 (around Rs 17,100). The smartwatch comes with dual-screen which is described as “Film compensated Super Twisted Nematic (FSTN)” LCD sitting on top of an OLED by Mobvoi.
The top display layer is transparent when it is not activated and users will only see the color display beneath it running Google’s Wear OS. The company is calling it Smart Mode where Ticwatch Pro users will be able to use all the smartwatch functions. In the Smart Mode, Ticwatch Pro is rated to work for up to two days using the built-in 415mAh battery.
However, Ticwatch Pro users can extend the battery life by switching to Essential mode. This mode uses the FSTN LCD display only will only show time and date but will keep tracking steps and heart rate. Mobvoi claims Ticwatch Pro can last for up to 30 days in Essential mode.
Smartwatch is one segment where major technology brands like Motorola, Samsung have failed to capitalize. It has given opportunity for smaller and independent brands like Ticwatch to show their work. With Ticwatch Pro, Mobvoi continues on the tried and tested design language of regular watches with circular face. It supports functions like heart rate monitor, NFC for mobile payments, music streaming over Bluetooth and IP68 water resistance.
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The Ticwatch Pro is considerably cheaper than smartwatches from brands like Samsung, Huawei, LG and even Fitbit. The real deal is the features it offers on a form factor that comes very close to being termed as real watch.