Mobvoi, the company behind the popular line of TicWatch smartwatches, on Wednesday launched its latest watch, the TicWatch Pro 5. It runs on Google’s Wear OS 3 software and is powered by the new Snapdragon W5 Plus Qualcomm’s Gen 1 chip, which should increase speed and overall performance. A new version of the Mobvoi health app will launch alongside the watch, which costs $350 and is available now.
In addition to the new chip, the TicWatch Pro 5 includes many other features such as a rotating crown for navigating the watch interface and a smarter new backlight that should allow trails runners and night joggers to see the screen without lighting around them. There is also a one-tap measurement feature to provide instant access to five different health metrics, such as heart rate, blood oxygen and more, as well as stress management and sleep tracking.
On the health side, there’s continuous heart rate monitoring, a built-in barometer, improved VO2 Max tracking and tools to help you understand the exact recovery time needed after your workouts. exercise. There are over 100 different exercise modes, which should easily match what the watch is tracking to the activity you’re doing. With the redesigned app, Mobvoi is putting more focus on the health tracking aspects of the watch to better compete with companies like Samsung, Apple and Oura.
Mobvoi has historically focused more on lower-cost, entry-level models, where the company has had some success. It’s also one of the “smaller” companies making Wear OS watches. While this watch will launch Wear OS 3, the latest version available today, it is worth noting that Google announced Wear OS 4 during the developer conference. When asked about the next operating system, Mobvoi did not have any announcements but said that the company is working with Google on future updates to Wear OS.
However, Mobvoi’s overall focus on health, along with the new app and the TicWatch Pro 5 features, further shows that fitness is the main focus area for today’s wearables.