The TicWatch E3 is one of two smartwatches on the market running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100 processor, which puts it in the upper mid-range. TicWatch Pro 3 is the other. The TicWatch E3 is the successor to TicWatch E2 from 2019. While its design is average, it offers the latest technology, solid health tracking, and reliable performance overall.
TicWatch E3 Review: Price and Availability
The TicWatch E3 was launched on June 16, 2021, and comes with a $199.99 price tag. Available only in one color option, Panther Black, the smartwatch can be found on Mobvoi’s website, as well as online retailers like Amazon, B&H, and Walmart.
TicWatch E3 Review: Key Specifications
Supports Google Assistant and Google Play
8GB of storage
1.3-inch high-density display
Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor
Wear Operating System
IP68 water-resistant rating
TicWatch E3 Review: Design and Build
TicWatch E3 sports a revised design that gives it the versatility to be worn as a smartwatch, a fitness device, as well as a fashion wearable. At first glance, the design looks basic. The watch is round with buttons on the side and, as noted above, comes in one dark color. Mobvoi terms the design of the TicWatch E3 as “Classic”. But, we’ll let you be the judge of that.
The frame and strap holders are made from sturdy material, and the face is made from 2.5D curved glass blended into the polycarbonate frame. The watch has an IP68 rating, meaning it's water-resistant enough to go swimming with it.
The smartwatch, measuring 44 x 47 x 12.6mm, looks quite chunky on your wrist and rather tall. However, it's still slightly smaller than TicWatch E2, whose dimensions are 46.9 x 52.2 x 12.9.
The E3 now sports two buttons instead of one like the E2. This gives users more control over apps and software. The buttons are sized well, making them easy to use. The response is clear, with each button giving a click sound to let you know you’ve pressed it.
What we found puzzling is the downgraded display, which also happens to be smaller than the previous model. Whereas the TicWatch E2’s display measured 1.39 inches with 400 x 400 pixels, the TicWatch E3’s screen measures 1.3 inches with 360 x 360 pixels.
It also sports a thick bezel surrounding the display. The silicon watch bands measure 20mm you can easily swap them out with one of three color options – Neon Yellow, Black, and Ash Blue. According to Mobvoi, the silicon straps are breathable, comfortable, and durable. Only time will tell.
TicWatch E3 Review: Performance and Software
The TicWatch E3 is powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform, giving you a smooth performance. It also comes with useful apps and services on Wear OS by Google. The processor is said to improve the GPU by up to 150 percent, the CPU and memory by up to 85 percent, and save power by up to 25 percent.
Using the TicWatch E3 is fun, and you have more than a dozen watch faces to customize your background. You can even set your own photo as the background. As stated earlier, the E3 smartwatch comes fitted with two buttons. The top pusher button acts as the home button and allows you to access the app drawer and Google Assistant on long press.
The other pusher button can be configured to launch different apps but is initially set to launch TicExcercise. It also gives you access to a quick menu for restarting or switching off the smartwatch, enabling Essential Mode, or draining the speaker by long-pressing it. The included speaker lets you listen to music and use it with Google Assistant.
The 1GB of RAM, combined with the latest processor means there’s no delay when opening apps or loading up the Play Store. Plus, it won't require a reboot to get things running properly again.
The Wear OS looks all familiar and has the same gesture-based user interface. Swipe left from the main watch face to get Tiles or widgets – you can add or remove tiles with ease. Swipe up to see notifications and right to access Google features, including Google Assistant.
The TicWatch E3 has NFC on board, so you can use the smartwatch for Google Pay when you're out and about - and it works perfectly fine. Overall, Mobvoi’s software has offered plenty of positives, and it will be interesting to see what Wear OS 3.0 will bring along.
TicWatch E3 Review: Features
The TicWatch E3 combines an array of features to help you stay fit in your daily life. Apart from the built-in GPS, it also supports Glonass and Beidou satellites for tracking outdoor activities.
You get an optical heart rate sensor, blood oxygen saturation monitor, along with 21 activities like swimming, running, yoga, rowing, skating, and football that the watch can track.
The Mobvoi’s mobile app, available on Android and iOS displays all the data collected from the wearable. It breaks down your daily goal progress and displays stress, heart rate, sleep, exercise, blood oxygen, noise, and stress readings. You can also compare your progress with other TicWatch users, check the battery life, and access the watch face center.
TicWatch E3 Review: Battery Life
The TicWatch E3 ships with a 380mAh battery, whose life varies depending on usage pattern, device settings, and operating conditions. Activating the Essential Mode extends the battery life, and is set to automatically kick in when battery power drops below five percent. When turned on, the always-on display is disabled, but tilt-to-wake works.
A proprietary charger is supplied with the smartwatch and attaches magnetically to the underside. The cable is long, giving you more flexibility, but the charging puck is quite small, making it a little fussy adhering it to the right spot.
Fortunately, the magnet is strong and keeps the watch intact while charging, even if you accidentally bump it or move it around. It takes around one hour to fully charge the TicWatch E3.
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