A full fitness tracking suite and 10 days of battery life from a smartwatch that costs just $ 59.99 / £ 54.99 / AU $ 89.99? Yes, you read that right!
Chinese company Mobvoi is known for its affordable smartwatches and earphones like the very impressive TicWatch E and the AirPods Pro-like TicPods ANC. Everything in the company’s catalog is very frugal, but nothing beats the price of the brand new TicWatch GTX.
But where Mobvoi’s older smartwatches are all powered by Google’s WearOS, the TicWatch GTX skips that path for the first time since the TicWatch 2, which was briefly available in 2017.
To keep costs down, the TicWatch GTX runs on a custom operating system called Realtime OS. And if you think that means Mobvoi’s new smartwatch is skipping the features, think again.
Where many WearOS smartwatches have struggled with battery life (it’s usually only a day for use), Mobvoi promises that the operating system is optimized to provide juice for up to 10 days.
That is of course only in energy saving mode. In standard mode, you probably go on for about seven to eight days before you need to plug it in to refill it. Still, that’s much better than most WearOS watches.
You can choose from a number of watch faces, or you can even use photos stored in your phone’s picture library as your watch face of choice.
It tracks your fitness regime throughout the day (including your heart rate) and your sleep at night. There are 14 training modes available on board and the new wearable is swim proof with IP68 water and sweat resistant.
As with any other smartwatch, you receive notifications of calls and messages right on your wrist, from where you can also control your music and ping your phone if you can’t find it.
Everything is enclosed in a 48mm chassis with a 1.28in (3.2cm) TFT display.
It’s not an Apple Watch 6 – or even an Apple Watch SE – but at such a low price, it’s probably worth considering. The TicWatch GTX is available to buy now directly from Mobvoi, and you get a 10% discount to boot.