Mobvoi has formally launched the TicWatch Professional 5 following months of leaks, with the Wear OS smartwatch changing into the primary to run on the Snapdragon W5+ platform.
It additionally turns into the primary smartwatch from the corporate to help Wear OS 3, as older watches such because the last-gen TicWatch Pro 3 and Pro 3 Ultra nonetheless await the most recent software program.
The leap to the W5+ processor from the 2021 Snapdragon 4100 chip is essentially the most vital change right here – and may yield sooner efficiency and prolonged battery life – although there are additionally some notable design tweaks to concentrate on, as nicely.
Whereas the third-generation TicWatch fashions (Mobvoi has skipped a technology, because the quantity 4 is taken into account unfortunate in its native China) featured a two-button array at 2 o’clock and 5 o’clock, the brand new Professional 5 has changed this with an all-new rotating crown and smaller prime button.
It is also touting ‘ultra-strength sturdiness’ because of aerospace-grade aluminum and a steel bezel, whereas the show is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
The twin show launched on earlier TicWatch fashions has additionally been upgraded, with a twist of the crown now permitting customers to cycle by extra data on the always-on setting (proven above).
As a substitute of simply exhibiting the time, then, this low-power show can now spotlight coronary heart charge, energy, and extra.
The charging tech can also be a bit extra superior than what we’re used to with TicWatch fashions, with Mobvoi indicating a 30-minute cost will now ship 65% battery life.
It’s possible you’ll must cost it lots much less continuously than the likes of the Google Pixel Watch, as nicely, with the Professional 5 claimed to supply as much as 80 hours of battery life – all because of a 628mAh unit packed inside.
The software program, other than reaping all the advantages that include Put on OS 3, options all the same old TicWatch stylings, too.
Apps like Mobvoi Treadmill, TicBarometer, TicCompass, and TicOxygen are just some of the preloaded choices, with Wear OS apps like Spotify, WhatsApp, and Google’s suite additionally accessible to obtain.
The Professional 5 is out there right this moment from Amazon and Mobvoi for $349.99 / £329.99, with the black case capable of be paired with a further 5 watch bands: silicon choices in inexperienced, orange, or blue, and leather-based straps that are available in both black or blue.
We’ll be delivering our full evaluate over the approaching weeks, so keep tuned for extra.
Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially masking all the most recent developments in smartwatches, health trackers, and VR. He made a reputation for himself writing about making an attempt out translation earbuds on a primary date and biking with a wearable airbag, in addition to masking the trade’s newest releases.
Following a stint as Critiques Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Massive. Conor has grow to be a wearables knowledgeable, and helps individuals get extra from their wearable tech, by way of Wareable’s appreciable how-to-based guides.
He has additionally contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Impartial, and The Mirror.