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Beware of Mobvoi: watch specs are misleading

Beware of Mobvoi: watch specs are misleading

Mobvoi is one of the few smartwatch manufacturers with Google’s Wear OS platform.

The TicWatch Pro 3 and TicWatch E3 went on sale last year and both are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset.

However, in recent months, Mobvoi has changed product pages reflecting that both watches carry the enhanced Snapdragon Wear 4100+ chip.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100+ chip has an additional coprocessor that improves battery life over the 4100. Although both were announced in 2020, there are still no Wear OS watches with the enhanced 4100+ chip – the Fossil Gen 6 will be the first when it goes on sale later this month.

Mobvoi’s product pages for TicWatch Pro 3 and TicWatch E3 now indicate that both watches use the updated Wear 4100+ chip instead of the Wear 4100.

NotebookCheck noticed the change on September 21 and bought a new TicWatch E3 to test the supposed new hardware. However, the website verified at that the watch was still using a Wear 4100 chip, and the product’s packaging said “Snapdragon Wear 4100” in several places.

It’s possible that the post received a clock from an older batch (assuming there really is an updated batch), but Mobvoi didn’t respond to NotebookCheck’s questions.

Apparently, a person in Reddit sent an email to Mobvoi customer service and received the following response:

Thank you for contacting the Mobvoi support team.

Please be advised that “4100+” actually means “4100+ Dual System Platform”, it is our customized 4100 by Mobvoi and there is no difference to the 4100 above.

As always, thanks for supporting Mobvoi. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us again.

If this is true, it would, at the very least, be false advertising. Mobvoi has not revealed what changes (if any) it has made to the Snapdragon Wear 4100 chip.Neither of the two watches seems to have the main feature of the 4100+, which is the Cortex M0 coprocessor.

Meanwhile, Mobvoi appears to be working on a “TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS”, which must have a Snapdragon Wear 4100+ chip. We will see if this is true.

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