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Early Thoughts | Ticwatch S & E | The Smartwatch with the Best Bang for Buck on the Market!


12 Aug 2017

Introduction

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All these years, I skipped Xiaomi MiBands, Motorola Moto360, Samsung Galaxy Gear and many other wearables. I was planning on getting a Fitbit soon up until I saw this post on Facebook about a week ago showing this hugely successful Kickstarter campaign being 1900% funded at the time. After studying the products and the company behind it, I backed it … in less than 10 minutes and here’s why.Ticwatch S & E Kickstarter Introduction Video (Source: Ticwatch Kickstarter )

The Company

Mobvoi, is an ArtificiaI Intelligence(AI) company founded by two ex-Google Engineers, CEO Zhifei Li and CTO Mike Lei[1] that initially specializes in voice recognition, natural language processing, vertical search technology and up to last year, wearables[2]. They also received an undisclosed sum of funding(rumoured to be around USD60 to 65 million) from the Big Brother G himself(read Google Inc.) in a Series C round of fundraising[3].

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What the VP of Android Engineering has to say on the collaboration between Mobvoi and Google (Source: Ticwatch Facebook)

The Products

Both the Ticwatch S & E have the same exact same hardware specificationsbut they differ in the following way:

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Main differences between Ticwatch S & E (Source: Codenchips MY)


I decided to go with the Black Ticwatch E as I personally preferred its clean and minimal looks. Currently on the

starter campaign’s Early Bird offer, they are going for 25% off the retail priceat USD119 for the Ticwatch E and 30% off the retail price at USD139 for the Ticwatch S. The products are scheduled to be delivered worldwide between end of October to November, 2 months after the campaign end date which I think is pretty fast.

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Official Photos of the Ticwatch E (Source:Ticwatch Kickstarter )

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Official Photos of the Ticwatch S (Source:Ticwatch Kickstarter )

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Official Hardware Specifications of the Ticwatch S & E (Source:Ticwatch Kickstarter )

The only downside of the Ticwatch S & E that I could find is the absence of NFC which is used for cashless payment function(Android Pay, Samsung Pay, CIMB Pay, etc.). The reason given by Mobvoi on their Kickstarter page comment section is due to Android Wear itself does not support the NFC chip that came with the chipset they used in the watches.

Comparison with Other Smartwatches in the Market

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The key selling point of this watch is that attracted me is that it has nearly all the features of the higher-end, RM1500+/- range smartwatches at the price of RM519. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the table below.Comparison Table of Ticwatch S & E with other Smartwatches in the market (Source: Codenchips MY)

Conclusion

In short, I think that the Ticwatch E and S are the best and most affordablesmartwatches on the market right now. Delivering the best value for moneyand comes equipped with wide range of features. As of time of writing this article, there are only 22 left out of 4900 for the Ticwatch E Early Bird offer and 49 left out of 3900 for the Ticwatch S Early Bird offer with only 5 days left on their Kickstarter Campaign. Their campaign ends on 18th August 2017. So, head on over to their Kickstarter page and grab them before they run out!

References

[1] https://techcrunch.com/2015/10/20/google-invests-in-mobvoi-its-android-wear-partner-in-china/ 
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobvoi 
[3] https://techcrunch.com/2015/10/20/google-invests-in-mobvoi-its-android-wear-partner-in-china/ 
[4] http://www.scmp.com/tech/enterprises/article/1905764/google-funded-mobvoi-launching-smartwatch-app-store-china

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