TicWatch Pro 3: An LTE version of the upmarket smartwatch is on the horizon
It has only been a few weeks since Mobvoi announced the TicWatch Pro 3, but the company already has another smartwatch in the pipeline. According to Mishaal Rahman of XDA Developers, Mobvoi has registered a device codenamed 'rover' on the Google Play Console, indicating that it is close to being released.
According to a screenshot posted on Twitter by Rahman, the rover is the codename of the TicWatch Pro 3 LTE, presumably just an LTE version of the TicWatch Pro 3. The smartwatch will probably have an eSIM rather than a physical SIM card tray. Enabling LTE connectivity on the TicWatch Pro 3 would allow it to be used untethered from a smartphone, as it already has a GPS module for activity tracking.
However, it seems that the inclusion of an LTE modem is the only major change for the TicWatch Pro 3. Rahman states that the smartwatch will continue to run on the Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform, although the TicWatch Pro 3 was the first device to feature Qualcomm's chipset. It remains to be seen how long the 577 mAh battery will last between charges with LTE enabled.
We would expect to equip the TicWatch Pro 3 LTE with at least 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage and NFC too, as it does with the regular model. Additionally, the LTE version will probably be more expensive than the TicWatch Pro 3, which currently retails for US$299.99.