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Google-backed TicWatches now have a workout mode for swimming

The new line also puts an emphasis on battery life and durability.
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Mobvoi is upgrading its TicWatch smartwatches for 2019, with a focus on battery life, durability and style. The TicWatch S2 and E2, second-generation versions of the S and E, come packing a 415mAh battery, 30 percent bigger than the original. Similarly, the devices are now waterproof to 5 ATM, compared to the IP67 rating found on the two predecessors. That means, rather than coping just a meter of water, both timepieces will survive in depths of up to 40 meters.

In fact, swimming is a new focus of the two new TicWatches, which have the same internals but are styled differently. The new devices come with a swim monitoring mode that will record all of the thrashing around you do in water. And, unsurprisingly coming from a company backed by Google, the device runs Android Wear.

On the inside, the TicWatches have swapped Mediatek's budget systems-on-chip in favor of Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100. That should offer a performance boost, but be warned that the 2100 was launched in early 2016, so is hardly cutting-edge.

Mobvoi is planning to launch the S2 and E2 at some point in the next few months, but there's no word yet on pricing. Given that the original S (for Sport) sold for $200 and the E (Express) was $160, you'd hope the figures didn't creep too far beyond those limits.

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After training to be an intellectual property lawyer, Dan abandoned a promising career in financial services to sit at home and play with gadgets. He lives in Norwich, U.K., with his wife, his books and far too many opinions on British TV comedy. One day, if he's very, very lucky, he'll live out his dream to become the executive producer of Doctor Who before retiring to Radio 4.

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