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TicWatch Pro 5 is high-end and up-to-date in specs, but for how long is the concern

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Mobvoi has launched the TicWatch Pro 5 in India. It has a round dial, an AMOLED screen, up to 80 hours of battery life, and claims to offer “the latest version of Wear OS”. However, we are still concerned. Here is why.

TicWatch Pro 5 Wear OS update situation

TicWatch Pro 5 boots Wear OS 3.5 and claims to have the latest Wear OS by Google. Well, Google recently launched the Wear OS 4 at the IO 2023 event. 

Previous TicWatch owners know the company hasn’t been timely regarding software updates. For instance, here’s what Mobvoi said recently about the software situation for TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra, TicWatch Pro 3 and TicWatch E3:

Mobvoi note from Wear OS update

by u/kevyn124 in WearOS

So, our concern is whether because of a similar “proprietary architectural setup,” the TicWatch Pro 5 would also suffer a slow update schedule. 

What else TicWatch Pro 5 brings to your wrist?

TicWatch Pro 5 runs on the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 chipset coupled with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. There is a 628mAh battery that is rated to run for 80 hours (standby time) between charges. You get fast charging support that claims to fill 65 percent in 30 minutes. 

On the front, it has a 1.43-inch AMOLED screen with 466×466 pixel resolution, an always-on mode, an ultra-low-power mode, and Gorilla Glass protection. The watch comes with a silicone strap.

If you are concerned about its durability, know that there is support for 5ATM water resistance and it has a MIL-STD-810H endurance rating.

As for health and fitness features, you are getting a PPG heart rate sensor, SpO2 reader, sleep tracking, skin temperature sensor, and a single-tap check of 5 health metrics. Among other things, the watch also brings a rotating crown, barometer, more than 100 sports modes, etc.

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