Ticwatch 2 is a neat smartwatch that raised $2M on Kickstarter
When it comes to smartwatches, the Apple Watch, Samsung’s Gear S line, and Google’s Android Wear devices like the Moto 360 get most of the attention here in the States. But outside of the country, new smartwatch manufacturers are popping up, looking to break into the market. China, for instance, is releasing their take on a smartwatch here in the US. With the sad demise of Pebble, there seems to be a vacuum in the mid-range segment and Ticwatch 2 fits in perfectly.
You may have never heard of Mobvoi, but it has plenty of links to Google — it was founded by ex-Googlers and even landed investment from the U.S. search giant last year. It made its name designing AI software and services, so the voice-control and commands on the Ticwatch are pretty impressive.
This Chinese company has just introduced their 2nd-gen smartwatch, the Mobvoi Ticwatch 2. It is a nice looking smartwatch which comes with the company’s very own OS called Ticwear 4.0. The Ticwear 4.0 comes with what Mobvoi calls ‘Cubic UI’, and the watch also supports voice commands. The watch comes equipped with the Text-to-Speech (TTS) tech, and can tell you the weather, translate various languages, etc. The Ticwear 4.0 also comes equipped with the Mobvoi Store, which is filled with applications for Mobvoi’s platform.
The Ticwatch 2 sports a 1.4-inch AMOLED display, and comes with the always on feature, and thanks to the AMOLED panel, that feature really shouldn’t hurt your battery life all that much. This watch also comes equipped with a SIM slot and supports 3G connectivity, so that you can use it without your smartphone, if that’s what you want. The GPS chip is also built-in here, and so is the heart rate sensor, which makes this watch more usable as a fitness tracker. Now, one interesting feature Mobvoi included here is the side strip ‘Tickle’. Tickle is Mobvoi’s patented side strip design, it basically allows you to interact with the device without touching the display, and Mobvoi says that the Tickle is quite responsive and a joy to use. This smartwatch also offers wireless charging, the so-called ‘TiCharge’.
The Ticwatch 2 is an interesting addition to the smartwatch market. The noticeably smaller size and price give it a lot of appeal.
- Screen: 1.4″/36mm OLED display, 287 ppi
- Processor: MediaTek MT2601, 2 cores @ 1.2GHz
- Memory: 512MB RAM, 4GB Storage
- Communication: Bluetooth v4.1 (low power), 802.11 b/g/n
- Sensors: Dynamic optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, GLONASS/GPS
- Other H/W: Linear motors, anti-noise mic, speakers
- Waterproofing: IP65 rating
- Strap: 20mm (width)
- Battery: 300mAh with TiCharge enabled (allowing for full charge in about 1.3 hours)
- Tickle Strip hidden under the shell. This is apparently different from the side location of the original Ticwatch