The niche of Wear OS is changing, mainly because of the new Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 with the fact that it’s the only watch line allowed to run the Wear OS 3 by Google, meaning that all other watchmakers who want to release watches in the near future they can use only the older Wear OS 2.
Launches like the Fossil Gen 6 and now the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra, which any other time will be the talk of the town, now they are left with the older software. It’s disappointing because this new TicWatch is awesome and it’s a good watch to consider.
The new design and hardware feel very “Pro”. Mobvoi made the case of stainless steel and high-strength nylon with fiberglass to give it toughness and a high notch feel.
The watch is large (47mm x 48mm), and only fits larger wrists. It weighs 41g, is on the higher end and won’t impact your mobility or anything. It has two pushers with the purpose to click them without any wiggle or cheapness. The 22mm band is thick and it’s a well-made rubber strap.
The TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra looks like a big boss, a premium smartwatch that will deliver on an adventure, yet dress up when needed.
The Mobvoi has a large 1.4″ AMOLED + FSTN display (454×454, 326ppi), Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset with a dual-processor system made by Mobvoi, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, GPS, NFC, Gorilla Glass, speaker, microphone, barometer, IP68 water and dust resistance, heart rate sensor, SpO2 sensor, and a massive 577mAh battery. I’m not sure they left anything out other than a better/faster charging solution.
The TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra Snapdragon Wear 4100 improved the performance of the previous models by 40% and extended battery life that performs solidly. After initial setup, opening apps, installing updates, jumping between notifications and ongoing activities, using GPS, activating gestures, etc. work smoothly.
The device is powered by a 577mAh battery that ‘ll get you through two days with pretty heavy use. That’s what I’m seeing and I have not tried to save any battery by limiting settings.
The setup was set with the FSTN off, always-on display on, and all of the health trackings activated, like continuous heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, SpO2 tracking, and their new mental fatigue/energy level measuring feature.
Why FSTN off? The FSTN display on Mobvoi’s Pro watches is a grey, low-powered e-paper-like display that shows you limited amounts of info by saving on battery life over top of the AMOLED panel but for us is not that practical.
Other than the FSTN display, we recommend turning off a couple of fitness features, and not using the GPS every day, that way will squeeze the 72 hours of use making this battery so big.
Unfortunately, the charging is slow because the battery is as large as it is. It takes almost 2 hours.
Mobvoi really wants this watch positioned alongside other adventure watches, like Garmin or Polar. They’ve put a lot of work into the Mobvoi app to have a complete health and fitness profile, with upgraded sensors tracking biometrics and all the workouts.
It’ll track your 24-7 heart rate and warn you if things look off, keep a running SpO2 score, and remind the user to move throughout the day. It tracks everything when needed to provide a full profile of the user’s fitness.
The TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra runs Wear OS 2. At USD 299, the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra is not an in-expensive watch, but it ticks almost all of the boxes, even if it is on the bigger side and won’t run Wear OS 3 for some time. It has an incredible battery life, all of the fitness trackings you could ask for, and looks quite awesome in this updated case design.