TicWatch Pro 4: Mobvoi offers initial details about 'the Epic Front Runner' with new Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 chipset
The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra remains one of the most powerful smartwatches running Wear OS, although only because Qualcomm did not release a new smartwatch chipset in two years. The TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra, as well as the regular model, also offers excellent battery life, in part because of Mobvoi's dual-layer display. Now, Mobvoi has hinted that its next-generation TicWatch smartwatch will improve upon the TicWatch Pro 3 series on all accounts.
Embedded above, the company's first teaser image shows what it may well sell as the TicWatch Pro 4. As far as we can tell, the TicWatch Pro 4 will resemble its predecessor, for better or worse. However, the inclusion of the new Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 should provide substantial performance and battery life improvements compared to the Snapdragon Wear 4100 powering the TicWatch Pro 3 series. According to 9to5Google, Mobvoi explained that:
The next-gen TicWatch will include the latest version, the Snapdragon W5+ platform, offering enhanced battery life on a single charge, which will make it the most powerful smartwatch in the series to date. In addition, the Snapdragon W5+ platform's powerful applications processor and ultralow power co-processor will enable Mobvoi to deliver a smartwatch with ultra-fast performance and connectivity.
For reference, the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 relies on a 4 nm manufacturing process, instead of the 12 nm one that Qualcomm used for the Snapdragon Wear 4100. Additionally, the chipset has a newer co-processor built on a narrower node, plus a new GPU that also runs at a higher clock speed than its predecessor. Although Qualcomm continues to use the Cortex-A53 CPU cores found in the Snapdragon Wear 4100, the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 should help the TicWatch Pro 4 achieve up to 50% longer runtimes and 2x the performance of its predecessor.