The 'dual-screen' Ticwatch Pro costs $250

The 'dual-screen' Ticwatch Pro costs $250

More than the features, we're interested in the battery life of the smartwatch. If you want some of the smarter Wear OS features, there is a toggle to make it auto-switch to "Essential Mode" when the battery gets low that will get you closer to that 5 day mark.

TicWatch made its name in smartphone circles for its dual displays. That's more than both the Ticwatch S and Ticwatch E cost, but it's not as much as other high-end Wear OS watches like the LG Watch Sport.

The second screen clearly shows less information, but it's also much more frugal. If you've ever bemoaned the fact that you have to twist your wrist or even raise your arm just to see what time it is on your smartwatch, having a secondary screen like this could be the answer. And then just last May, we learned about the Ticwatch Pro Wear OS. It's available in black and silver.

As for the strap, that epitomizes the TicWatch Pro's attempt to straddle the classic and fitness watch segments. The watch has what Mobvoi calls a "premium build quality" as it has bezel and rear cover that's covered in stainless steel. Together, the whole thing is IP68 water and dust resistant, which means depths of up to 1.5m for as long as thirty minutes are safe, though the company doesn't recommend swimming with the smartwatch on.

Android Wear may have a new name, but Wear OS will hold few surprises even to those who haven't worn a smartwatch running Google's platform in some time.

The TicWatch Pro can now be availed on Amazon with a $249.99 price tag. We assume the watch goes with the aging Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset and less than 1GB of RAM, but Mobvoi did not say. You can also just use the LCD screen on its own for serious power-saving, but we'll discuss that more in the battery section below. Read on below for a full introduction to what the Ticwatch Pro smartwatch will offer you if you decide to buy it soon. However, where the Ticwatch Pro could really win out is in its "Essential Mode", which completely shuts down Wear OS, leaving you with access to only the basic FSTN LCD display.

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"Smart Mode" is Wear OS at its fully functional.

Over the OLED display is a transparent FSTN display which is used when you aren't actively using the watch for general tasks. Mobvoi has also set this mode up to automatically turn on when "Smart Mode" depletes the battery, offering up to 3 more days of use in "Essential Mode". Three days of average use isn't out of the question.

"Essential Mode", meanwhile, powers down the more battery-greedy parts - including the OLED - and relies entirely on the low-power display. The first is "Smart Mode" which uses a combination of the two displays to maximize battery life without compromising the experience. I have no idea yet if it's a good Wear OS watch. You can use several health and fitness apps available and even change the watch face. The OLED display shows Wear OS in all its glory, while the FTSN display keeps it simple and shows your heart rate, step count, and the time. Better still, the promise is that future OTA updates will add tracking of distance traveled, calories burned, speed, and cadence in Essential Mode, too. With the NFC connectivity, you can use Google Pay, shop, and pay from your wrist.

If you like how the TicWatch Pro differentiates itself from the competition, you can pick up the watch at the link below.

The goal, of course, is better battery life. It's got the sort of colorful OLED screen you see on most smartwatches, layered directly under a traditional LCD screen.

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