Mobvoi just unveiled the TicWatch C2, a sequel to the TicWatch 2. It’s a Wear OS timepiece that includes most of the features you might want from a smartwatch while keeping the price in check. You can pre-order it right now at $200/€200, it will ship on December 6.
The TicWatch C2 has a 1.3” AMOLED screen (360 x 360px), which fits inside a fairly small case – 42.8mm. For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Watch has a similar 1.3” screen in a 46mm case.
It’s a stainless steel case, by the way that measures 13.1mm or 12.8mm. The Rose Gold version is the slimmer one and it also uses 18mm straps. The other two colors, Black and Platinum, use 20mm straps. In both cases, the straps are made of genuine leather.
The watch has a built in GPS receiver, a heart rate monitor, as well as NFC for use with Google Pay. Some of these usually get cut to meet such a low price tag. The one thing it doesn’t do is go in the pool – the watch is IP68 waterproof, but that’s not enough for swimming. The Huawei Watch GT is rated up to 5ATM and costs the same, but runs a proprietary OS.
The Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset is now quite old, but basically all other Wear OS watches use it too (save for this $1,000 luxury offering). The 400mAh battery still promises 36-hours of use, which is par for the course.
The Mobvoi TicWatch C2 supports Spotify, so you may want a good pair of headphones to go with it. The company unveiled the TicPods Free truly wireless earbuds. They have 18 hour battery life and support fast charging (15 minutes gets you nearly an hour and a half of play time). The earbuds are rated at IPX5, so you shouldn’t be afraid of working up a sweat.
The TicPods Free support touch gestures, one of which summons your phone’s assistant – be it Siri or Google.
TicPods Free: Navy • Lava • Ice
You can grab a pair today at $130/€130. Note that the initial stock seems to be limited to 1,000 units per color.