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This Android wrist PC is probably more powerful than an iPhone 7, but it has one huge flaw

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TicWris Max 4G smartwatch - $143.99 at Gearbest

TicWris Max 4G smartwatch - $143.99 at Gearbest
The TicWris Max is likely to divide opinion; its form factor is unwieldy, but it will certainly turn heads. It also boasts 4G connectivity, an 8-megapixel camera and 32GB storage. For the best price, use code TICWRISMAXS at checkout.

Take a smartphone, shrink it and strap it to your wrist and you'll get a sense of what the TicWris Max smartwatch is trying to do. As ludicrous as it may sound, the idea is gaining momentum in Asia, where the phablet originated.

Available for $143.99 at Gearbest (£115/AU$208), this device could prove useful for those working in challenging outdoor environments thanks to its 4G connectivity and IP67 waterproof rating.

There's nothing anaemic about the rest of the configuration either. It has a quad-core Mediatek processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, a 2,880mAh battery and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera that does facial ID recognition as well. 

If that wasn’t enough, it features built-in GPS, NFC and 802.11n Wi-Fi and can even display the time on its 640x480-pixel 2.86-inch display. Oh and you'll be able to make phone calls too, without the need for a separate device.

It's worth noting the smartwatch runs on Android 7.1.1 (which is already a few years old) and there’s no microSD card slot or USB port for easy file transfer and charging. Coming in at 153g, the TicWris Max is also as heavy as a smartphone, which could tire the wrist over the course of a day.

Bear in mind

  • If this product is shipped from mainland China, it will take at least a month to arrive in either the UK or US. You may be levied an additional tax, either directly or through the courier.
  • If you've managed to get hold of a cheaper product with equivalent specifications, in stock and brand new, let us know and we'll tip our hat to you.
Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.