Mobvoi releases its updated, AI-powered TicPods
Mobvoi is an OEM that makes the TicWatch smartwatch series and TicPod earbuds, the latest version of which were somewhat AirPod-like TWS accessories. This product line has just been updated with the TicPod 2s and 2 Pros. They (and their respective charging cases) resemble the Frees somewhat, but differ with new features developed for this next generation.
For a start, each TicPod 2 variant has a new chipset. The 2s feature the Qualcomm QCC3026, whereas the 2 Pros have the QCC5121. The former confers touch-controls, quick-pair and on-body detection capabilities, whereas the latter does the same, but also allows the Pro SKU to respond to gesture and AI controls.
The latter involves Tico, Mobvoi's new answer to assistants such as Alexa and Siri. It responds to specific voice commands. The TicPod 2 Pros can also answer or refuse voice calls in response to the wearer nodding or shaking their head (hopefully they are also capable of staying in the ear during the use of this feature.)
Both TicPod 2 version are also capable of noise-cancellation, although the Pros have dual mics for this purpose whereas the 2s only have 1. Both new TicPods also have Bluetooth 5.0, an IPX4 ingress-protection rating and the aptX codec (when connected to an Android device). They come in navy, white or pink color options and are priced at US$89.99 for the base TWS earbuds or $125.99 for the Pro products.