This Android smartwatch could be more powerful than an iPhone 7

(Image credit: TicWris)

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. The idea, as ludicrous as it may sound, is gaining popularity in Asia.

Sold for $149.99 at Gearbest (with the coupon code 9USJ0HDRGM), this Android smartwatch has some interesting uses for those working in challenging outdoor environments thanks to its 4G connectivity and IP67 waterproof rating - meaning that you won’t be able to swim with it, but it should withstand a shower.

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

TicWris Max 4G smartphone watch - $150 at Gearbest

TicWris Max 4G smartphone watch - $150 at Gearbest

A product that is likely to divide opinion. We’re not a big fan of the form factor and find it too unwieldy, but the TicWris will attract an audience, given its uniqueness and ability to cram a lot of technology into a tiny footprint. It boasts 4G connectivity, an 8-megapixel camera, 32GB storage and much more. Use 9USJ0HDRGM at checkout.

If that wasn’t enough, it runs on Android 7.1.1, has built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and can even tell the time on its 640x480-pixel 2.86-inch display. Oh and you'll be able to make phone calls as well, without the need for a separate device.

It's worth noting there’s no microSD card slot, NFC 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.

This product also comes from mainland China and will take at least a month to reach either the US or the UK (and potentially more). You may be levied a tax either directly or through the courier.

Bear in mind, we're yet to fully test the product hands-on, but once we do, you'll be able to read all about it here.

Desire Athow
Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website builders and web hosting when DHTML and frames were in vogue and started narrating about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium.