Mobvoi TicWatch C2 with Wear OS has all the right features at the right price
If you’re not familiar with this fast-rising brand, you might be surprised to hear the company has already released a number of wearable devices, both in its native land of China and internationally.
The Mobvoi TicWatch 2 impressively managed to raise over $2 million on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter back in 2016, even though the ultra-affordable smartwatch came powered by a proprietary OS.
Now Google is an investor in the 2012-founded company that is actually led by a team comprising several former employees of the US search giant, so naturally, the TicWatch C2 follows the TicWatch Pro’s suit in running Wear OS with full access to Play Store apps optimized for your wrist.
The stylish new smartwatch is just as aggressively priced as all other Mobvoi products, at $199.99, undercutting the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Watch, LG Watch W7, and of course, the Apple Watch Series 4.
The TicWatch C2 is also slightly cheaper than the dual-screen TicWatch Pro, sporting a fairly standard 1.3-inch AMOLED display with the exact same 360 x 360 resolution as the Galaxy Watch.
Remarkably enough, there seem to be no essential missing features here, with everything from a heart rate monitor to built-in GPS, NFC support for Google Play, and IP68 water resistance in tow.
The biggest flaw is probably that outdated Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, which only allows the Mobvoi TicWatch C2 to advertise 2 days of battery life with a 400 mAh cell under the hood. Then again, if you’ve been reading this far, you most likely can’t afford the Montblanc Summit 2 with Snapdragon Wear 3100 inside.
Or you simply refuse to pay a small fortune for a so-called “luxury” smartwatch when the much lower-cost TicWatch C2 comes with a perfectly acceptable stainless steel build and genuine leather straps.
Ladies can pick up a rose gold model in an elegant 18 mm size, while men (or women with larger wrists) get to choose between black and platinum versions with slightly bigger 20 mm straps. The rose gold option is also slightly thinner, but either way, you’ll have to accept the 42 mm case size.
Compatible with both Android and iOS handsets (of course), the Mobvoi Ticwatch C2 is only scheduled to kick off global deliveries in early December. That’s definitely not ideal.