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Mobvoi’s new TicWatch E2 and S2 lack features for a reduced price


Mobvoi TicWatch S2 and E2

Mobvoi TicWatch S2 (Left) and E2 (Right)

Mobvoi has built up a reputation for pumping out Wear OS watches left and right, and it doesn’t look like it’s stopping any time soon. The company just announced two new smartwatches, the TicWatch E2 and TicWatch S2, at CES 2019.

Both new watches are quite sporty in design. The TicWatch S2 looks more like a hiking watch, while the TicWatch E2 has a smoother, more approachable design while still remaining fitness-focused. Both are made of polycarbonate, both come with interchangeable 22mm straps, and both have the same 1.39-inch AMOLED displays.

In fact, aside from the slightly different sizes, both watches have the same specs under the hood:

  Mobvoi TicWatch E2 Mobvoi TicWatch S2
Display 1.39-inch AMOLED
400 x 400 resolution
1.39-inch AMOLED
400 x 400 resolution
Watch case Polycarbonate Polycarbonate
Watch strap Silicon (interchangeable)
22mm
Silicon (interchangeable)
22mm
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100
Connectivity Bluetooth v4.1
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth v4.1
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
GPS GPS + GLONASS + Beidou GPS + GLONASS + Beidou
Sensors Accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, low latency off body sensor Accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, low latency off body sensor
NFC No No
Battery 415mAh 415mAh
IP rating 5ATM 5ATM
Operating system Wear OS Wear OS
Compatibility Android, iOS Android, iOS
Colors black black, white (available later in Q1 2019)
Dimensions 46.9 * 52.2 * 12.9 46.79 x 52.21 x 13.78mm 46.6 * 51.8 * 12.9 49.45 x 51.60 x 14.39mm

Mobvoi opted for Qualcomm’s years-old Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC instead of going for the newer Wear 3100 chipset. While Qualcomm claims the 3100 is supposed to improve battery life and performance, early reviews of the Fossil Sport and Montblanc Summit 2 say otherwise. Mobvoi did tell Android Authority that it focused on battery life when developing the E2 and S2, so we’ll withhold our judgment until we put out our full reviews.

In my eyes, the one glaring downside on the specs sheet is the lack of NFC, which means you won’t be able to use Google Pay from either watch.

Mobvoi TicWatch E2

Mobvoi TicWatch E2

On the plus side, both watches seem to be good fitness companions. Both come with a built-in GPS (as well as GLONASS and Beidou), an optical heart rate sensor, and a 5ATM water resistance rating.

Mobvoi says the TicWatch E2 and S2 will go on sale soon after CES 2019, though we don’t have exact availability or pricing details at this time.

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