Mobvoi has officially launched the TicWatch Pro 5 after months of leaks and is the first Wear OS smartwatch to run on the Snapdragon W5+ platform.
It will also be the company's first smartwatch to support Wear OS 3, as older watches like the last-gen TicWatch Pro 3 and Pro 3 Ultra are still awaiting a software update.
The main change here is the switch from the 2021 Snapdragon 4100 chip to the W5+ processor, and it should bring better performance and better battery life, though there are some noticeable changes in design.
The third-generation TicWatch models (Mobvoi skipped a generation because the number 4 is considered unlucky in its native China) replaced the new Pro 5s with two rows of buttons 2 and 5. With a new rotating crown and small top pusher.
It also boasts an "ultra-durable" aerospace aluminum and metal frame, while the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
The dual display of previous Ticwatch models has also been improved, rotating the crown now allows users to see additional information about the always-on setting (shown above).
So instead of just showing the time, this low-power display can now show heart rate, calories and more.
The charging technology is a bit more advanced than what we're used to with the TicWatch model, with Mobvoi saying that a 30-minute charge will already provide 65% battery life.
You may need to charge it less frequently than the Google Pixel Watch, as the Pro 5 offers up to 80 hours of battery life thanks to its built-in 628mAh battery.
The app uses all the features of Wear OS 3, but also has the typical tickwatch style.
Apps like Mobvoi Treadmill, TicBarometer, TicCompass and TicOxygen are just some of the pre-loaded offerings, while Wear OS apps like Spotify, WhatsApp and Google Pack are also available for download.
The Pro 5 is available today from Amazon and Mobvoi for $349.99/£329.99 in a black case that can be paired with five additional watch bands – green, orange or blue silicone offerings, as well as black or blue leather straps.
We'll be posting a full review next week, so stay tuned!