Google officially announced its first smartwatch at I/O 2022 in May, but it only provided a “first look” ahead of its full reveal this fall alongside the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. 9to5Google It’s revealed a number of new details since then, and here’s everything we know about the Pixel Watch.
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Design, presentation and materials
The Pixel Watch is made up of three distinct layers, beginning with a domed top glass that curves all the way to the sides of recycled stainless steel. According to early measurements, the watch’s round body is about 14mm thick and over 40mm wide, while the actual flat screen appears to be around 30mm (or 1.18in) wide. Google did not disclose the screen resolution or the type of glass protecting it.
There is a crown in the shape of a bottle cap that rotates and can be pressed at the 3 o’clock position with a button just above it. The case also has a tall speaker grille on the left edge and two small round holes.
The top and bottom are home to oversized strap holes with 20mm straps connected through a special mechanism that includes insertion when tilted and then snaps into place.
Colors and gangs
Google introduced the Pixel Watch in three stainless steel colors:
- Silver: shiny, polished
- Black: Non-reflective, may have a matte finish
- Gold: shade darker
We reported in June that Google was working on a wide range of watch ranges, although not everyone might be able to launch them or make them directly by the company:
- Silicone Band: Already featured by Google and very similar to Fitbit’s Infinity Bands
- cloth belt
- stretch band
- Two leather straps: differentiated by style and lighter/darker shades
- Link bracelet: metal
- Milanese-style mesh strap: made of stainless steel in colors to match the three body colors
Pixel Watch Specifications
9to5Google It was reported in May that the Pixel Watch is powered by the Samsung Exynos 9110. It features a co-processor and more than 1.5GB of RAM, which should surpass what’s offered on Wear OS today. Meanwhile, the 32GB storage is twice that of current devices and allows users to store many songs offline.
This chip dates back to 2018 with the Galaxy Watch running Tizen, but the various tasks have to be offloaded to the coprocessor. It is unclear how Google will recognize the SoC and if the Tensor branding will be implemented.
We’ve also reported that the Pixel Watch has a battery that comes in at less than 300mAh and should last a day. Charging is via a magnetic disk with USB-C on the other end.
Besides Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, Google will introduce an LTE cellular model of the Pixel Watch. Other well-known specs include built-in GPS and water resistance to 50 metres.
Fitbit and Health on Pixel Watch
Pixel Watch focuses heavily on health, fitness, and exercise. There’s of course Fitbit integration which provides a dashboard view of all your stats – just like existing Fitbit devices, while Google Fit will also be offered.
The array of sensors under the Pixel Watch looks identical to that of the Fitbit Luxe and Charge 5. There’s a heart rate sensor and hardware support for SpO2 (blood oxygen) and ECG (electrocardiogram) readings.
Wear OS and applications
The Pixel Watch runs Wear OS 3, but it remains to be seen how much Google will customize this experience. It will be noticeably different from what Samsung (One UI Watch) did and may be closer to the upcoming Montblanc launch or Fossil upgrades.
For example, there should be a simple list of apps instead of the circular bubble launcher, while you can swipe up to see notifications. Swiping down for quick settings is unchanged, while tiles are accessed by vertical swiping from the watch face.
We’ve already previewed some of the watch faces that Google is working on. Digital and analog designs span while offering the most complexity slots, like Fitbit.
Google Assistant is sure to be a big focus, while there’s Google Pay/Wallet Tap to Pay and Maps Navigation. All of these apps are in place today, but the company also featured a Google Home app with a tool feed and the ability to get alerts at the front door.
The Pixel Watch can unlock your Android device and Chromebook, while there will be a companion app for the “Google Pixel Watch”. Fast Pair should also be available to speed up the connection and switching of a Bluetooth headset.
Pixel watch price and launch
At the end of August, we reported that Google is pricing the LTE-capable Pixel Watch at $399 in the US. Since then, we’ve learned that the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth model costs $349.99. Additionally, it will be available in black case with obsidian strap (black), silver/chalk (beige-white), and gold/hazel (green-ish). The default LTE state/band configurations are almost the same except for the silver/charcoal (gray) configurations.
This could change before the fall launch, which we can confirm will happen alongside the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro availability without a gap, if all goes according to plan. Carrier deals should drive the price down, and we’ve already found evidence that Google Fi is poised to support.
The Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Pixel Watch will be cheaper, but Google’s offering so far is a little more expensive than the entry of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 ($279). One thing to note is the use of recycled stainless steel, which is usually a premium material, although sapphire glass is not used.
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