Mobvoi Ticwatch C2 review: Hands on with Mobvoi’s new budget smartwatch

The Mobvoi Ticwatch C2 is now available to preorder for GBP180 Mobvoi has announced the Ticwatch C2, a new smartwatch that aims to fill the gap between the cheap and cheerful Ticwatch E & S models and the premium Ticwatch Pro. Running Wear OS, just like its predecessors, the Ticwatch C2 offers features that wouldn’t look out of place on a flagship device – there’s GPS, NFC and a heart-rate monitor, to name a few.

It’s available to preorder now for just GBP180, and following some hands on time with the new smartwatch ahead of its launch, my first impressions are that it represents superb value for money. My only concern at this stage is that, like the Ticwatch Pro and many Wear OS devices before it, its performance might suffer as a consequence of its outdated Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip. Buy now from Mobvoi

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Until I’ve had a chance to put the new watch through its paces properly, though, here’s everything you need to know about the new Ticwatch C2, along with my more detailed first impressions.

Mobvoi Ticwatch C2 review: Key specifications, price and release date

  • Black (20mm), Platinum (20mm) and Rose Gold (18mm) variants
  • 43mm casing
  • 1.3″ AMOLED (360 x 360 px) screen
  • Bluetooth v4.1, WiFi
  • Wear OS
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100
  • NFC
  • GPS + GLONASS + Beidou
  • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart-rate sensor
  • 400mAh battery
  • IP68 water- and dust-resistant
  • Interchangeable, genuine leather strap
  • UK price: GBP180
  • UK release date: Preorder now, ships December 6th

Mobvoi Ticwatch C2 review: Design, key features and first impressions

The Ticwatch C2 is a great-looking smartwatch, especially when you consider it costs less than GBP200.

Unlike the Ticwatch E and S, which suffer from inferior build quality, there’s very little to suggest the Ticwatch C2 isn’t a premium device. Built with an entirely stainless steel front and plastic back, the black, platinum and rose gold variants all ooze appeal, but to my eye, the black model is Mobovi’s best-looking smartwatch to date – its simple, pared down design looks stunning.

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Mobvoi Ticwatch C2 review: Hands on with Mobvoi’s new budget smartwatch

Moreover, where the Ticwatch Pro feels quite big and bulky, the Ticwatch C2 doesn’t feel at all obtrusive based on the short time I’ve had with it. To use Apple and Samsung’s new smartwatches for comparison, its 43mm casing is similar in size to the smaller 44mm Galaxy Watch and only a fraction smaller than the large, 44mm Apple Watch Series 4.

This means it should suit larger and smaller wrists alike, but it’s worth pointing out at this stage that the rose gold model is slightly smaller than its black and platinum counterparts. As well as being 0.3mm thinner, it uses a narrower 18mm watch strap. As for the display, it’s a 1.3in AMOLED, 360 x 360 panel, but the Ticwatch C2 doesn’t boast the same dual-screen technology that extends the Ticwatch Pro’s battery life to up to 30 days when using just its LCD screen.

Elsewhere, the Ticwatch C2 offers all the same perks you have with the premium model.

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Mobvoi Ticwatch C2 review: Hands on with Mobvoi’s new budget smartwatchThere’s GPS for accurately logging your workouts, a heart-rate sensor for keeping tabs on your pulse throughout the day, and NFC for making contactless payments via Android Pay. The Ticwatch C2 is waterproof and dust-resistant to the IP68 standard, too. That means you can keep it on in the shower and it should survive a dunking in a pool up to 1.5m deep for half an hour, but Mobvoi likely won’t recommend swimming with it for extended periods.

Mobvoi Ticwatch C2 review: Early verdict

Mobvoi’s new watch, ahem, ticks most of the important boxes.

It looks great, runs the best version of Wear OS to date and has all the features of far more expensive devices. My only worry at this stage is how the Ticwatch C2 will fare from a performance point of view. Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100, it’s difficult to see how it’ll improve on the many Wear OS devices that already use this now outdated chip.

Qualcomm recently announced the Snapdragon Wear 3100, too, so the next generation of Wear OS devices should see a significant boost in both speed and battery life.

I just hope that when the Ticwatch C2 comes in for review, I don’t end up wishing Mobvoi had waited for the new chip.

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