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Mobvoi's TicWatch E2 and S2 lack features for a reduced price (Update: On sale now)

Mobvoi's TicWatch S2 and E2 hit the market priced at $179.99 and $159.99, respectively.
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January 22, 2019
Mobvoi TicWatch S2 and E2
Mobvoi TicWatch S2 (Left) and E2 (Right)

Update, Jan. 22, 2019 (11:00AM ET): The TicWatch S2 and TicWatch E2 are now officially on sale which means we finally know how much the two Wear OS smartwatches, announced back at CES 2019, actually cost.

The TicWatch E2 will retail for $159.99 in the U.S., €159.99 in Europe, and £145.99 in the U.K. Meanwhile, the sportier TicWatch S2 comes in slightly higher at $179.99, €179.99, and £165.99 in the same respective markets.

Is the extra cash worth it for the TicWatch S2? You can find out the answer to that question in our TicWatch E2 and TicWatch S2 review — spoiler: it is.

Hit the button below to grab either watch from Mobvoi’s online store. If you’re in the U.K. you can buy the TicWatch S2 here or the TicWatch E2 here at Amazon.

Original article, Jan. 8, 2019 (12:00PM ET): Mobvoi has built up a reputation for pumping out Wear OS watches left and right, and it doesn’t look like it’s stopping any time soon. The company just announced two new smartwatches, the TicWatch E2 and TicWatch S2, at CES 2019.

Both new watches are quite sporty in design. The TicWatch S2 looks more like a hiking watch, while the TicWatch E2 has a smoother, more approachable design while still remaining fitness-focused. Both are made of polycarbonate, both come with interchangeable 22mm straps, and both have the same 1.39-inch AMOLED displays.

In fact, aside from the slightly different sizes, both watches have the same specs under the hood:

Mobvoi TicWatch E2Mobvoi TicWatch S2
Display
Mobvoi TicWatch E2
1.39-inch AMOLED
400 x 400 resolution
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
1.39-inch AMOLED
400 x 400 resolution
Watch case
Mobvoi TicWatch E2
Polycarbonate
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
Polycarbonate
Watch strap
Mobvoi TicWatch E2
Silicon (interchangeable)
22mm
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
Silicon (interchangeable)
22mm
SoC
Mobvoi TicWatch E2
Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100
Connectivity
Mobvoi TicWatch E2
Bluetooth v4.1
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
Bluetooth v4.1
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
GPS
Mobvoi TicWatch E2
GPS + GLONASS + Beidou
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
GPS + GLONASS + Beidou
Sensors
Mobvoi TicWatch E2
Accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, low latency off body sensor
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
Accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, low latency off body sensor
NFC
Mobvoi TicWatch E2
No
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
No
Battery
Mobvoi TicWatch E2
415mAh
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
415mAh
IP rating
Mobvoi TicWatch E2
5ATM
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
5ATM
US Military Standard
Mobvoi TicWatch E2
No
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
US Military Standard-810G
Operating system
Mobvoi TicWatch E2
Wear OS
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
Wear OS
Compatibility
Mobvoi TicWatch E2
Android, iOS
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
Android, iOS
Colors
Mobvoi TicWatch E2
black
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
black, white (available later in Q1 2019)
Dimensions
Mobvoi TicWatch E2
46.9 * 52.2 * 12.9 46.79 x 52.21 x 13.78mm
Mobvoi TicWatch S2
46.6 * 51.8 * 12.9 49.45 x 51.60 x 14.39mm

Mobvoi opted for Qualcomm’s years-old Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC instead of going for the newer Wear 3100 chipset. While Qualcomm claims the 3100 is supposed to improve battery life and performance, early reviews of the Fossil Sport and Montblanc Summit 2 say otherwise. Mobvoi did tell Android Authority that it focused on battery life when developing the E2 and S2, so we’ll withhold our judgment until we put out our full reviews.

In my eyes, the one glaring downside on the specs sheet is the lack of NFC, which means you won’t be able to use Google Pay from either watch.

Mobvoi TicWatch E2
Mobvoi TicWatch E2

On the plus side, both watches seem to be good fitness companions. Both come with a built-in GPS (as well as GLONASS and Beidou), an optical heart rate sensor, and a 5ATM water resistance rating.

Mobvoi says the TicWatch E2 and S2 will go on sale soon after CES 2019, though we don’t have exact availability or pricing details at this time.

Head here for more CES 2019 coverage!