Throwing its hat in the ring early is Mobvoi, which makes TicWatch smartwatches, as the company has begun teasing a new device coming March 1 (right at the end of the conference) on its social media channels.
We can tell this smartwatch is somewhat of an Apple Watch lookalike, based on the shape of its body and the crown on the edge. There's also a green shining light - some of the social media teasers talk about heart rate, so presumably it relates to a way of scanning your heartbeat.
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"The new TicWatch provides personalized insights into arterial and heart health" according to the poster, though you could argue that any smartwatch does that.
The posters also say "TicWatch x Arty" - that kind of format usually indicates a crossover, but one teaser clarifies that Arty is actually an onboard system which is "a new way to define your heart health", so it seems that cardiovascular health is a key focus of this new device.
We've got a busy few days to get through before this TicWatch launch - MWC is typically a period in which tech journalists get no sleep, and survive on coffee and Spanish food - but we'll still be sure to bring you whatever smartwatch is announced on the first day of March.
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Tom Bedford was deputy phones editor on TechRadar until late 2022, having worked his way up from staff writer. Though he specialized in phones and tablets, he also took on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK and now works for the entertainment site What To Watch.
He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working on TechRadar, he freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. He also currently works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.