leaked in real life after not weeks and not months but whole years of useless speculation and vain hopes and dreams, Google’s very first own-brand smartwatch FINALLY went official last week.
Unfortunately, instead of a proper announcement and full pre-release details, virtual I/O 2022 attendees only got a “preview” and a taste of the Pixel Watch’s real-life design and future commercial capabilities, as well as a vague confirmation of distant “fall.” availabilty.
Lots of new things to be excited about
While 9To5Google claims to have now heard from two separate (and presumably disconnected) tipsters about the old processor set up to power the highly anticipated Pixel Watch, the rest of the specs and features “confirmed” today are pretty much confirmed. all correct.
First and foremost, we’re talking 32 gigabytes of internal storage, which is exactly how much hamster space the Apple Watch Series 7 offers apps and music and doubles that of Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and See how 4 Classic fares for them in that department.
As for memory, 9To5Google keeps things very cryptic and vague, claiming that the Pixel Watch should “slightly surpass” the 1.5GB RAM count of the other Wear OS-based Galaxy Watch 4 duo. It’s unclear if that means 2 appearances of the good stuff are 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, this is great news, what further suggests a good overall user experience. .. in the worst case.
The Exynos 9110 SoC originally used on the 2018 Samsung Galaxy Watch remains everyone’s biggest concern as far as the device’s performance is concerned, but for what it’s worth, a mysterious so-called “co-processor” is also expected to be found underneath. the hood of the Pixel Watch will stay, performing certain tasks with low power consumption to maximize power efficiency and ultimately battery life.
Unsurprisingly, many of the sensors and health tools present here have to be “borrowed” from Fitbit devices like the Luxe and Charge 5, including heart rate monitoring (duh!), blood oxygen saturation and yes, Apple rival EKG technology that could literally be a life saver.
So many important questions left unanswered
How much is this thing going to cost? When exactly will it go on sale, where and how many units will there be? Google be able to ship by the end of the year? Will the battery life be better than the hugely popular one? Apple Watch Series 7?
Unfortunately, only Google can answer these make-or-break questions with complete certainty, although we have some pretty good ideas, based mostly on leaks and rumors from the last few weeks prior to the I/O “preview.”
For less than $400, the cheapest of at least two main variants could be quite competitive with the most affordable premium smartwatches from Apple and Samsung, with optional 4G LTE support, the Pixel Watch is likely to get closer to $500 for mobile addicts.
The “bold round, dome-shaped design”, potentially useful (and arguably stylish) tactile crown, robust stainless steel construction and adjustable straps already confirmed by Big G
further contribute to the overall description of a top candidate for the title of best smartwatch in the world.
On the other hand, the remote release and limited availability make us wary of predicting that the Pixel Watch will ever live up to its potential, especially with the Apple Watch Series 8 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 family undoubtedly also around the corner.