Mobvoi’s TicWatch E3 is one of the more affordable Wear OS smartwatches available on the market right now, coming in at considerably cheaper prices compared to the competition. Mobvoi sells the watch alongside its more expensive Ticwatch Pro 3 Ultra, and while there are some obvious trade-offs to accommodate more wallet-friendly budgets, it’s still a device worth considering, especially if you’re looking for a capable wearable to suit your fitness tracking needs.
Today, we’re going to check out its features, as well as some reasons as to why you should consider it – let’s check it out!
Wear OS and Health-tracking Features
The TicWatch E3 runs on Google’s Wear OS system for smartwatches. It’s essentially the competing OS for Apple’s WatchOS, and is used by different devices from Samsung, Fossil, and more. Unlike more basic smartwatches and fitness trackers which come with limited operating systems, Wear OS is more versatile as it lets you install apps from Google Play, which means you can customize the TicWatch E3 with third-party apps and watch faces which aren’t usually pre-installed on the device.
The TicWatch E3 also comes with several fitness-tracking apps and features that help you keep an eye on your health, such as Mobvoi’s own TicHealth app, sleep-tracking software, 24-hour SpO2 monitoring, step-tracker, pulse meter, and more. Of course, you can always install more apps to get access to more health features.
There’s also support for Google Assistant functionality, thanks to the built-in microphone and loudspeaker located on the sides of the watch.
The TicWatch E3 comes with the Snapdragon 4100, making it one of the few affordable smartwatches to come with Qualcomm’s latest wearable SoC. This is essentially the same chip found in the Galaxy Watch 4 series devices, a few Fossil devices, and even the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra. Having the 4100 onboard also means that the E3 will eventually be able to upgrade to Wear OS 3, which is a great update to look forward to as not every current Wear OS device on the market will be able to upgrade to it.
Having the Snapdragon 4100 also means that performance in general is a smooth ride. I was able to scroll through the UI and other menus without lag, and it felt pretty much the same as scrolling on a smartphone.
The TicWatch E3 also comes with a full polycarbonate design, which wraps around the small 1.3-inch display and makes it lighter compared to other smartwatches that come with partial or full-on aluminium/stainless steel designs. It’s very light on the wrist, and wearing it for sleep tracking was alright as well. The matte finish on the watch’s body also means that it’s less likely to scratch easily versus other devices that feature shiny finishes all over.
The E3’s minimalist design is also waterproof, with an IP68 rating. This means that you can take it swimming in pools, and you won’t have to worry about the device if you’re ever caught in a rainstorm or such.
Powering the devices is a 380 mAh battery, which on most occasions was able to last me around two days. Given that a majority of Wear OS smartwatches require you to charge every night (or every afternoon for that matter) due to high battery drain, having nearly two-day battery on the E3 is definitely a welcome feature. According to Mobvoi, the battery can last for a total of 72 hours, and up to 45 days on essential mode, although that requires you to forego using most of the smart features on the watch.
How Much is It?
At the moment, the TicWatch E3 is priced at around £179-199 in the UK. The sub-300 pound price means that it will be reasonably cheaper than a lot of Wear OS smartwatches on the market, and the stuff we listed above are only a few of the features that make the E3 a bang-for-your-buck device. Despite the polycarbonate build and small display, you do get a lot of Wear OS functionality, a great chip, and will be able to upgrade to Wear OS 3 once it becomes available for the current line-up of Mobvoi wearables.
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