An LTE version of the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 is on the way

An LTE version of the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 is on the way

Mobvoi is set to release an LTE version of its well-received flagship smartwatch, the TicWatch Pro 3. The Wear OS-powered device was the first to be powered by Qualcomm’s new wearable SoC, the Snapdragon Wear 4100 (SDM429), and was praised for its reduced profile and improved responsiveness compared to almost every other Google-powered watch.

The LTE edition of the TicWatch Pro 3, which has been spotted under the codename ‘rover’ in the Google Play Console Device Catalog, appears to boast all the same specifications as the original, but will also include eSIM functionality, making it compatible with some, but definitely not all, cellular networks without the need for a second contract. Huawei is among the manufacturers who have experimented with adding a nano-sim slot to its watches, but they generally add too much weight and height to devices — eSIM is definitely the future of wearables and that’s the route Mobvoi has chosen. We’re not sure if the LTE circuit replaces the GPS chip in the original, but we’re hoping there’ll be room for both.

In case you missed our review of the original, the TicWatch Pro 3 has a 454×454 circular screen at 320DPI running Android Wear OS 9. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 SoC containing a quad-core ARM Cortex A53 array tuned to 1950Mhz, and an Adreno 504 GPU tuned at 320Mhz.

The TicWatch Pro 3 brought us a more comprehensive range of fitness tracking options, most notably a blood oxygen saturation check, which was also one of the additions to the new Apple Watch 6.

There’s no official news from Mobvoi about release date or pricing (or indeed official confirmation it exists) but based on what we already know, we’d expect to start seeing it hit the stores sometime in November. We’d expect pricing to be somewhere between the price of the original GPS edition and the previous generation’s LTE edition. If your network supports eSIM, it’s definitely worth keeping your eye on.

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Chris Merriman
Chris Merriman

I am the UK News Editor at XDA Developers. I’ve been writing about technology for over a decade for the likes of The Inquirer, where I was Associate Editor, Computer Shopper UK, and IT Pro. I’ve also appeared on Sky News, BBC, Al Jazeera and recently left a long-running weekly tech news spot on TalkRadio UK. My love of technology comes from my family who hail from the pioneering days of Silicon Valley - in fact my Grandfather worked on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. I’ve been using smartphones (and reading XDA) since the HTC Canary in 2003. I’m also a smart home obsessive. You can find me tweeting as @ChrisTheDJ or email me at [email protected]