Google officially announced its first smartwatch at I/O 2022 in May, but only provided a “first look” before the full reveal this fall alongside the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. 9to5Google has revealed a number of new details since then, and here’s everything we know about the Pixel Watch.
- Original: 4th July
- Update 1: September 1
- Update 2: September 20
Design, presentation and materials
The Pixel Watch consists of three distinct layers, starting with a domed top glass that curves down to the recycled stainless steel sides. According to an initial measurement, the circular watch body is around 14mm thick and over 40mm wide, while the flat screen appears to be around 30mm (or 1.18 inches) wide. Google hasn’t revealed what the display resolution is or what type of glass protects it.
There is a bottle cap shaped crown that rotates and can be pressed at the 3 o’clock position with a button just above it. The case also features a long speaker grille on the left edge and two small circular cutouts.
Both the top and bottom house fairly sizable strap slots with the 20mm straps securing via a proprietary mechanism that involves inserting at a tilt and then snapping into place.
Colors and bands
Google introduced the Pixel Watch in three stainless steel colors:
- Silver: shiny and polished finish
- Black: non-reflective, possibly matte finish
- Gold: Darker shade
We reported in June that Google was working on a large collection of watch straps, though not all of them may be launched or made directly by the company:
- Silicone Band: Already featured by Google and very similar to Fitbit’s Infinity Bands
- fabric tape
- stretch band
- Two leather straps: Differentiated by style and lighter/darker shades
- Link Bracelet: Metal
- Milanese Style Mesh Band: Made of stainless steel in colors to match the three body colors.
Pixel Watch Specifications
9to5Google in May reported that the Pixel Watch is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9110. It has a co-processor and over 1.5 GB of RAM, which should exceed what is offered on Wear OS today. Meanwhile, the 32GB of storage is double that of existing devices and allows users to store plenty of songs offline.
This chip dates back to 2018 with the Tizen-powered Galaxy Watch, but various tasks need to be offloaded to the coprocessor. It is unclear how Google will identify this SoC and whether Tensor branding will be applied.
We also reported that the Pixel Watch has a battery of just under 300mAh and should last a day. Charging is handled via a magnetic puck with USB-C on the other end.
Along with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, Google will offer an LTE cellular model of the Pixel Watch. Other known specs include built-in GPS and 50 meters of water resistance.
Fitbit and health on the Pixel Watch
The Pixel Watch focuses primarily on health, fitness, and exercise. There’s of course the Fitbit integration which offers a dashboard view of all your stats – just like on existing Fitbit devices, while Google Fit will also be offered.
The sensor array under the Pixel Watch looks identical to 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 apps
The Pixel Watch runs Wear OS 3, but it remains to be seen how much Google customizes the experience. It will be significantly different from what Samsung has done (One UI Watch) and may be closer to the next Montblanc launch or Fossil upgrades.
For example, there should be a simple list of apps instead of a circular bubble launcher, while you can swipe up to see notifications. Pulling down for quick settings is unchanged, while tiles are accessed by swiping vertically from the clock face.
We’ve already previewed some watch faces that Google is working on. The designs span digital and analog, with most offering complication slots, such as for Fitbit.
Google Assistant will certainly be a big priority, while there’s tap-to-pay Google Pay/Wallet and Maps navigation. All of these apps exist today, but the company also introduced a Google Home app with a gadget feed and the ability to receive front door alerts.
Your Pixel Watch can unlock your Android and Chromebook device, while there will be a “Google Pixel Watch” companion app. Fast Pair should also be available to speed up the connection and switching of Bluetooth headphones.
Price and launch of the Pixel Watch
At the end of August, we announced that Google was pricing the Cellular Pixel Watch with LTE at $399 in the US. We’ve since learned that the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth model costs $349.99. Additionally, it will be available in the black case with an obsidian (black), silver/chalk (white-beige), and gold/hazelnut (green) strap. The default LTE case/band configurations are almost the same except for Silver/Charcoal (gray).
That could change before the fall launch, which we can confirm is happening alongside the availability of Pixel 7 and 7 Pro without interruption, if all goes according to plan. Carrier deals should bring the price down, and we’ve already spotted evidence that Google Fi is readying support.
The Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Pixel Watch will be cheaper, but so far Google’s offering is slightly more expensive than Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 entry ($279). One thing to note is the use of recycled stainless steel, which is generally a higher quality material, although sapphire crystal is not used.
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