Leak in the flesh after not weeks or months but whole years of idle speculation and empty hopes and dreams, Google’s first-ever own-brand smartwatch FINALLY went official last week.
Unfortunately, instead of a proper announcement and full preview details, attendees of Virtual I/O 2022 only got a “sneak peek” and preview of the actual design of the Pixel Watch and its future commercial capabilities, as well as vague confirmation of remote “fall” availability.
Many novelties to rejoice
While 9To5Google claims to have now heard of two separate (and presumably unconnected) tipsters on the older processor set to power the long-awaited Pixel Watch, the rest of the specs and features “confirmed” today are pretty much all good. .
First and foremost, we are talking about 32 GB of internal storage space, which is precisely the amount of hoarding space Apple Watch Series 7 has apps and music, plus double what Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic has it going in this department.
In terms of memory, 9To5Google keeps things terribly cryptic and vague, saying the Pixel Watch “should slightly exceed” the 1.5GB RAM count of the Wear OS-based Galaxy Watch 4 duo. It’s unclear if that means 2 gigs of good stuff is in the cards for Big G or if the search giant will settle for an odd number between 1.5 and 2, but either way, it’s great news, further suggesting a decent overall user experience. .. at worst.
The Exynos 9110 SoC originally used in 2018’s Samsung Galaxy Watch is still everyone’s main concern when it comes to device performance, but for what it’s worth, a mysterious “co-processor” should also reside under the hood of the Pixel Watch, supporting certain low-power tasks to potentially maximize power efficiency and ultimately battery life.
Unsurprisingly, many of the health sensors and tools here should be “borrowed” from Fitbit devices like the Luxe and Charge 5, including heart rate monitoring (duh!), blood oxygen saturation and, yes, Apple’s rival ECG technology that could literally save lives.
So many key questions left unanswered
How much will this thing cost? When exactly will it go on sale, where and how many units will Will Google be able to ship by the end of the year? Will the battery life be better than the very popular Apple Watch Series 7?
Unfortunately, only Google can answer these crucial questions with complete certainty, although we have some very good ideas based mostly on leaks and rumors from the last few weeks leading up to the I/O “preview”.
Under $400, the cheapest of at least two main variants could prove quite competitive against the most affordable high-end smartwatches from Apple and Samsung, with optional 4G LTE support likely to bring the Pixel Watch closer to the $500 mark for cell addicts.
The “bold circular and domed design”, potentially practical (and arguably stylish) tactile crown, sturdy stainless steel construction, and customizable bands already confirmed by Big G further contribute to the overall description of a top contender for the title of best smartwatch in the world.
Again, the distant release and the prospect of limited availability make us cautious in predicting that the Pixel Watch will one day realize its potential, especially with the Apple Watch Series 8 and The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 family is undoubtedly also around the corner.