The TicWatch Professional 3 is the most recent addition to Mobvoi’s assortment of Wear OS smartwatches, and it packs some large enhancements.
For starters, it is one of many first smartwatches to launch with Qualcomm’s new Wear 4100 processor, which ought to make Put on OS snappier with higher battery life.
Mobvoi has refined the look of its priciest smartwatch, added new sensors like SpO2 and extra of its personal apps to go with Google’s ones.
These modifications and new options come at a larger price than the earlier Professional, with the Professional 3 priced in at $299.99.
We’ve been residing with the TicWatch Professional 3 to see if Mobvoi is again on monitor with its newest Put on OS watch.
TicWatch Professional 3: Design and display screen
The Professional is taken into account the fashionable possibility of the TicWatch household and that does not change with the Professional 3.
At first look, it would not appear that far faraway from the look of earlier Execs, however there’s causes to be cheerful about a few of the modifications made.
You’re getting a stainless-steel case with two bodily buttons matched up with a 22mm interchangeable silicone band that now options yellow stitching.
It provides the phantasm of one thing extra elegant, but it surely’s well-suited for figuring out .
There’s that ring bezel that surrounds the touchscreen show, that slimmed down on from the one on the Professional 2020 and will get even skinnier on the Professional 3.
The case measurement has jumped up significantly from a 45mm one to a bigger 47mm possibility, however manages to make it slimmer than its predecessor, now measuring in at 12.2mm thick.
TicWatch Professional 4G/LTE (left), TicWatch Professional 2020 (centre) and TicWatch Professional 3 (proper)
We thought earlier Execs had been fairly chunky beasts, however the Professional 3 definitely modifications that. The slimmer bezel permits extra room for a bigger 1.4-inch, 454 x 454 decision show. That’s an improve on the 1.39-inch, 400 x 400 featured on the final Professional.
It is a fantastic high quality AMOLED display screen that gives good brightness and has definitely improved when viewing it in vivid daylight.
Mobvoi nonetheless employs its twin layer display screen know-how that provides an FSTN show to the AMOLED one. The thought is that the much less energy hungry FSTN show could be put to make use of in eventualities the place you won’t must get up the show, reminiscent of once you simply must know the time or your day by day step counts.
It’s additionally used throughout exercise monitoring to allow you to see primary real-time information with out waking up the show. Elevating your wrist prompts the backlight on the FSTN show and an extra faucet will get up the AMOLED display screen. It truly works surprisingly nicely and something that may enhance battery efficiency can solely be a very good factor.
The case and band mixed include an IP68 waterproof ranking, which implies this watch is appropriate for swimming, although provided that you’re doing that in a pool. It’s additionally good for leaping within the bathe with.
General, the modifications on the design entrance are welcomed. Whereas we’ve been vital of Mobvoi attempting to fulfill those that demand one thing that’s each match for train and looking out good outdoors of the gymnasium, this definitely strikes a greater steadiness.
TicWatch Professional 3: New processor efficiency
Like each different TicWatch that has launched thus far, the Professional 3 as soon as once more makes use of Google’s Put on OS to offer the smarts. That is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Put on 4100 processor accompanied by 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage.
The Professional 3 is among the first smartwatches to profit from Qualcomm’s new processor tech, which as soon as once more guarantees large efficiency and pace enhancements. 85% enhancements in these departments in comparison with the final Put on processor. For the Professional, it is a large generational leap from the Snapdragon 2100 processor featured within the Professional 2020.
However what does that imply for us in the true world? We powered up the final two Professional fashions to match launching apps and utilizing some key apps to learn how a lot has modified. What we discovered is that there is much less of a lag when swiping by means of screens and launching apps appears snappier. The distinction in efficiency is certainly extra noticeable in comparison with the Professional 2020.
Is it something groundbreaking? Not likely primarily based in our time with it. It is definitely a step in the fitting course and Mobvoi wanted to improve its internals simply to get it according to different Put on OS watches.
The place we actually assume these enhancements are made is with the battery life, which we’ll get into later.
TicWatch Professional 3: WearOS and smartwatch options
As for Put on OS, there’s one thing very acquainted, but in addition a bit completely different about its presence on the the Professional 3. You continue to have options like notification assist, NFC for Google Pay and a built-in speaker and mic that brings to life Google Assistant assist and a helpful voice notice app. You additionally get a mixture of Google and Mobvoi apps.
Whenever you soar into the app drawer, Mobvoi has ditched the normal Put on app listing UI, now grouping app icons in two you could scroll by means of. It is a lot nicer to make use of and is just like the strategy seen on the Oppo Watch.
Notifications are simply swipe away from the principle watch display screen and it is a comparable story for Google’s Assistant the place its usefulness nonetheless pales compared to the expertise from a telephone or sensible speaker.
You’ve got bought a pleasant choose of watch faces, largely made up of analog-style ones which can be finest suited. These faces are customisable and you may hunt out extra faces within the watch face heart in Mobvoi’s companion telephone app. You may in fact discover extra within the Google Play Retailer too.
One thing that set Mobvoi’s smartwatches aside from different Put on OS ones is the extra apps it contains on prime of Google’s. This time it is including extra, largely aimed toward those that care about monitoring their well being and health.
First up is TicBreathe, which is an app to load up once you wish to carry out some respiratory workout routines. It isn’t massively completely different although to what we have already seen from Google, Apple and Samsung.
Subsequent up is TicZen, which is actually a stress monitoring app the place it builds in entry to the TicBreathe app described above in case you’re discover out your stress ranges are excessive.
With the addition of the on pattern SpO2 sensor, Mobvoi has added a the TicOxygen the place you may tackle the spot blood oxygen measurement, see day by day highs and lows in case you allow steady monitoring and think about traits over time.
We examined it towards a pulse oximeter and located information constant. Although we did wrestle at occasions to get a studying on events. What it perhaps lacks explaining why this information is beneficial and perhaps some insights into the information. It is one thing that Huawei does a very good job on its watches with comparable options.
A brand new app clearly impressed by Apple’s Noise app is TicHearing, which measures the noise in your surroundings to be sure to’re not exposing your ears to unsafe ranges of noise.
We have usually appreciated the inclusion of Mobvoi’s personal apps to steadiness out what Google affords. What we would wish to see with apps like TicOxygen and TicHearing is to deliver some context to the information to present it larger worth and cause to measure or monitor.
TicWatch Professional 3: Sports activities monitoring
Together with all these further well being and health apps Mobvoi has added it nonetheless affords the entire identical sports activities and health monitoring options it is included in earlier Professional watches.
That features its TicExercise app to trace exercises, TicHealth and TicSleep to cowl 24/7 exercise monitoring together with Google’s suite of apps. You can too head into the Google Play Retailer instantly from the watch to seek for third occasion apps too.
We have targeted our consideration on Mobvoi’s personal additions, which on the entire provide a very good monitoring expertise, although could be missing from an accuracy viewpoint.
Run monitoring in contrast: TicWatch Professional 3 (left and centre) and Garmin Forerunner 745 (proper)
Whereas the built-in GPS on the earlier Professional stored us hanging round to select up a sign, issues on that entrance have fortunately improved. It positively locks a lot faster.
For accuracy, the pattern run above provides you a good suggestion of what we noticed with generally with run monitoring. The gap tracked was usually all the time off in comparison with a devoted working watch, which did imply information was skewed for metrics like common tempo and cadence.
Swim monitoring in contrast: TicWatch Professional 3 (left), Garmin Forerunner 745 (centre) and Kind Swim Goggles (proper)
Whenever you get off land within the pool, issues do not truly get a lot better from a monitoring perspective. Whenever you’re able to swim, you will choose your pool size and it’ll lock the display screen to forestall it from being interfered with within the water.
The watch will swap to the FSTN show mode the place you may see exercise time and another metrics that you will fairly frankly need to squint to see. The visibility of the show is not nice underwater, so you will must wake it up to make use of the AMOLED show as an alternative to get a greater sense of real-time information.
When our swim was performed, we thought your complete exercise had been tracked. A fast take a look at the information means that positively wasn’t the case. It recorded simply twelve lengths from a 80 swim regardless of recording the right exercise period. So total, it seems like one other TicWatch that is falls quick with its sports activities monitoring.
TicWatch Professional 3: Health monitoring and coronary heart fee accuracy
Turning our consideration to health monitoring, it’s kind of of a mixture bag when it comes to efficiency as nicely. For step monitoring, information ranged from being akin to a Garmin smartwatch, however on some days it could possibly be 2,000 steps out.
However apart from the odd erratic day, it lined up nicely to comparability gadgets.
Step monitoring in contrast: TicWatch Professional 3 (left and centre) and Garmin Forerunner 745 (proper)
For sleep monitoring, you do have Mobvoi’s TicSleep app on board to overview your most up-to-date sleep information and then you definately’ll want to move into the Mobvoi app to see it nearer.
What we discovered with sleep monitoring is that it had a selected quirk of breaking apart sleep into two elements. It could have been a degree the place we had briefly woken up or been stirred, however we merely weren’t up strolling round to counsel to the watch that the sleep monitoring ought to cease.
Sleep monitoring in contrast: TicWatch Professional 3 (left and centre) and Garmin Forerunner 745 (proper)
The information by no means actually tended to match up with the Garmin sleep monitoring we examined it towards.
It largely was in the identical ballpark for sleep period, however elements like sleep breakdown had been by no means actually shut. We’re under no circumstances saying the Garmin is extra dependable, although saying we took only a minute to go to sleep was removed from the case in actuality.
For coronary heart fee monitor accuracy, it is sort of what we would anticipated to seek out. It is good in locations, however others not a lot. Under is coronary heart fee information taken from a run towards a MyZone chest strap monitor.
With out evaluating the information we all know that from glancing down at our wrist throughout a run that the Professional 3 usually posted larger coronary heart fee readings. It appeared to get issues proper with common readings, but it surely then posted larger most readings.
Coronary heart fee throughout train: TicWatch Professional 3 (left) and MyZone coronary heart fee chest strap (proper)
Whenever you’re not exercising, you may monitor coronary heart fee repeatedly, letting you see common resting coronary heart fee information together with most and minimal readings for that day.
Each day coronary heart fee monitoring: TicWatch Professional 3 (left) and Garmin Forerunner 745 (proper)
What we discovered was that on the spot readings had been usually similar to a Garmin sports activities watch and a chest strap monitor, although at occasions may be 5-10bpm out. That appears to be mirrored within the day by day information we captured with resting, max and minimal readings seeming a bit off.
This efficiency could possibly be all the way down to a spread of issues like match, the sensor and the final quantity crunching. We would assume it is most likely a mixture of issues that makes the Professional 3’s sports activities and health monitoring credentials slightly questionable.
TicWatch Professional 3: Battery life
With the bigger case, Mobvoi has been capable of up the battery capability too with a view to enhancing battery efficiency.
It is grown from 415mAh as much as a 577mAh one which’s designed to ship up 3 days in full smartwatch mode and as much as 45 days when in Important mode that switches to the FSTN show mode.
The final Professional managed to muster up 2 days and we would positively say enhancements have been made when it comes to what you will get in full smartwatch mode. With slightly little bit of cautious administration you may get three days battery life with sleep monitoring.
Nonetheless, options like sports activities monitoring and placing GPS to make use of do nonetheless have a big drain on battery. A forty minute run knocked the battery by simply in need of twenty p.c.
There are extra energy hungry options right here like steady SpO2 monitoring and monitoring exercise on a regular basis will have an effect.
Although it appears Mobvoi generally has made noticeable enhancements right here.
The TicWatch Professional 3 is the improve we wished the Professional 2020 to be. It is made welcome design modifications that lead to a far better-looking smartwatch. It is bought that efficiency enhance due to Qualcomm’s newest tech and the software program extras are nice to see too. The icing on the cake is the battery enhancements. It nonetheless struggles within the sports activities and health monitoring division, however total it seems like a step in the fitting course. It is the sort of watch Put on OS has wanted and in case you care about pure smartwatch options over sports activities monitoring, it comes beneficial.
- Slimmer design
- Good UI and app additions
- Improved battery life
- Pricier than final Professional
- GPS drain on battery
- Iffy sports activities monitoring