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Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro headphone review

Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro Review - TWS headphones with AI

Updated by Timo Altmeyer on the 27. April 2024

At the beginning of the year, Mobvoi presented the TicPods 2020 Pro at CES 2. The wireless (semi) in-ear headphones want to score points above all through their innovative voice and gesture control. You can find out more about the functions, sound and comfort in the following review.

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Design, workmanship and delivery

Mobvoi does not dare to experiment with design, but is based on the look of the classic Apple AirPods. The decisive factors for the compact earphones, which have already won several design awards, are a long shaft, many curved curves and an earphone head that does not require adaptable earmolds. Mobvoi calls the design a "semi-in-ear design". How this affects the wearing comfort and the noise isolation, more on that later.

The TicPods 2 Pro are delivered in a capsule-shaped charging case. Here, too, the design is kept compact, so that the charging box, which weighs just 33.9 grams, easily fits in your pocket and does not become a burden on the go. The earphones, which weigh just 4.2 grams, are held magnetically in the precisely fitting indentation.

The processing quality of the earphones is nothing to complain about. Points are deducted from the charging box, the magnetically held lid of which is a bit wobbly. The TicPods 2 Pro are available in blue, white and pink. In addition to the earphones and the charging case, the scope of delivery also includes a USB-C charging cable and operating instructions. A charger is missing. Instead, any conventional smartphone charger can be used.

TicPods 2 Pro scope of delivery


The comfort of the TicPods 2 Pro is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, we have the light weight, which means that the earphones are hardly noticeable in the ear. On the other hand, the adaptable earmolds are missing.

This makes wearing comfort a gamble, because not every ear canal is shaped the same. From my own experience, the earphones held comfortably in the ear with slight movements. As soon as the movements became sportier, it was over. Especially when running, the TicPods 2 Pro no longer had a hold. It's a shame, because the earphones are IPX4-certified and therefore protected against sweat and splash water.


The Bluetooth connection between earphones and smartphone works smoothly. To pair, simply press the pairing button inside the charging box. Two LEDs on the outside of the charging box indicate the pairing process by repeatedly flashing blue. Now select the TicPods 2 Pro in the Bluetooth settings of the playback device and you can listen.

Devices that are already connected remain in the memory of the TicPods. As soon as you take the earphones out of the charging box, a connection to the previously connected device is automatically established. If you press and hold the pairing button for 8 seconds, the in-ear is reset to its factory settings.

The TicPods 2 Pro in the charging case

sound quality

Each of the earphones is equipped with a 13mm dynamic driver. Mobvoi does not provide any further information on the frequency range and impedance. The audio sensitivity is 132 dB (1 kHz).

Depths, mid and highs

The TicPods 2 Pro deliver a sound with a warm character. The frequency response is largely linear, with slight fluctuations in the mids and highs. There is a certain dynamic, if not very pronounced. Lows and highs are present, but by no means too emphasized, so that the mids also come into their own.

 What the earphone clearly misses is external noise isolation. In contrast to normal in-ears with exchangeable ear tips, the sound is very much influenced by outside noise. Tonal subtleties can be heard fairly well in a quiet environment, but as soon as you take the TicPods 2 Pro out on the street, the sound becomes increasingly blurred. The lack of isolation from outside noise also affects the sub-bass. This is hardly available

Nevertheless, there is something good to be gained from the lack of external noise insulation. You perceive your surroundings better and move more safely in traffic!

The TicPods 2 Pro Semi In-Ear Design


The audio processor used is a Qualcomm QCC5121. This is characterized by the current Bluetooth 5.0 connection standard, low energy consumption and the support of high-resolution audio codecs (aptX). The stable transmission range is between 8 and 10 meters.

Android users benefit from the aptX codec already mentioned. Compared to AAC, aptX offers a higher bit rate (352 vs. 250 kbps) and lower latency. The lower latency has a positive effect on the synchronicity of picture and sound if you watch a film with the TicPods 2 Pro. The Mobvoi app is required to activate aptX. By default, despite aptX support on the smartphone, playback is only possible via AAC!

Qualcomm QCC5121 chip in the TicPods 2 Pro

Operation and headset

TicHear voice control

The TicPods 2 Pro rely on three smart AI control options. The "TicHear" function enables the earphones to be controlled by voice command. For example, if you want to call up the voice assistant on your smartphone, a short "Hey Tico" is enough to activate it. Other voice commands are “next / previous song”, “play music”, “pause music” and “pick / hang up” to answer incoming calls on the smartphone. All voice commands must be pronounced in English. TicHear worked reliably in the test, although accent-free pronunciation is necessary.

TicMotion gesture control

One way to control the TicPods 2 Pro using smart gestures is “TicMotion”. If, for example, a call comes in on the smartphone, a short nod of the head is enough to accept it or a shake of the head to reject the call. This function also works reliably. The gestures are recognized with the help of gyro sensors located in the earphones.

TicPods 2 Pro Tickle Touch

Tickle touch controls

The third operating option is control by touch. Mobvoi has also come up with an interesting name for this. The so-called "tickle touch" is done directly via the earphone shaft. A double click on the shaft accepts calls or switches to the next song. A swipe over the shaft adjusts the volume and holding it down activates the voice assistant. Tickle Touch takes a little getting used to at the beginning. In the test it was not uncommon for the TicPods to be pressed and swiped, but the desired effect did not materialize. If you have found the right place, however, the operation via Tickle Touch also works.

Mobvoi app

The Mobvoi app offers further insights and functions to the TicPods 2 Pro. A prerequisite for using the app is that you have to create a Mobvoi user account. Then quickly add the connected TicPods 2 Pro in the app and you get further details on the remaining battery of the individual earphones and the charging case.

The AI ​​functions can be managed in the app settings, the headphone name can be adjusted, aptX can be switched on and the carrier detection switched. Carrier detection is especially useful when you only want to use one earphone and you don't want the music to be interrupted when you remove it. The integrated equalizer offers a very interesting function. In addition to the standard profile, there are a total of 8 further sound profiles to choose from.


The TicPods 2 Pro are equipped with two microphones for phone calls. The CVC noise reduction of the Qualcomm chip mainly filters out low-pitched background noises. In noisy city traffic, however, the noise reduction quickly reaches its limits, which in turn has a negative effect on the recording quality and is accompanied by audible noise. In a quiet environment, however, the TicPods are well suited for making calls.

The TicPods 2 Pro in pink


A fully charged battery corresponds to 3 ½ hours of music playback at medium volume. This is not an outstanding value, but rather below average compared to other true wireless earpods. The charging case with 390 mAh battery was able to fully charge the earphones four times in the test. Without an external power source, music can be enjoyed on average for 14 hours.

Particularly noteworthy is the short charging time of the TicPods. For five minutes in the charging case and the battery is charged to 20% again. A complete charging process takes 30 minutes.

Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro headphone review

TicPods 2 Pro


Compact design
Easy commissioning
Sound with a warm character
aptX codec support
Many operating options
Hardly noticeable in the ear
Charging time of the earphones


Poor outside noise insulation
Bad fit due to missing earmolds
aptX Codec can only be activated via app
CVC microphone noise cancellation quickly overwhelmed
Below average battery life


The TicPods 2 Pro are good (semi) in-ear headphones with weaknesses in the details. In terms of sound, the earphones impress with their pleasantly warm character. The frequency range is largely linear, but still shows a certain dynamic. Due to the lack of earmolds, there is insufficient external noise insulation. In terms of sound, this has a particular impact on the bass range, the sub-bass of which is not particularly pronounced.

In the same way, the missing earmolds affect comfort. Although the earphones are hardly noticeable in the ear, depending on the wearer, there is a lack of hold. During sporty movements, the earphones can slip easily and even fall out.

Good things can be gained from the smart AI functions. Hardly any other true wireless in-ear offers such a variety of operating options. Unfortunately, the battery life is only below average. However, the earphones are recharged at lightning speed.

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  1. Sascha

    17. March 2020 17 to: 35

    Hello, I heard that TicPods 2 Pro had Active Noise Cancellation. You don't say a word about it in the test. What's right now?

    • Timo admin

      18. March 2020 13 to: 12

      Hi Sascha, the TicPods 2 Pro have no ANC. You may be confusing this with CVC, a technology from Qualcomm that filters out annoying outside noises during microphone recordings.

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TicPods 2 Pro


Driver: Dynamic driver
Size: 13 mm

Frequency range: unknown
Impedance: unknown
Sensitivity: 132 dB (1 kHz)

Default: 5.0 BLE
Range: up to 10 meters

* A2DP

* aptX

Microphone: yes (CVC)
Operation: touch, gestures, language
Battery: 3-4 hours

Size: 40 17 x x 16 mm
Weight: 4.2g per earphone

What's in the box

1x TicPods 2 Pro
1x loading box
1x USB-C Charging Cable
1x user manual