The Pixel Watch 2 is set for an official unveil on October 4th. But most of the details about Google’s second smartwatch are already known. Many are saying, Pixel Watch 2 is what the original device should have been.
The company recently released a video which gave us a first glimpse into what the device will look like. According to earlier information, the second generation timepiece is poised to bring a more efficient processor, enhanced display, and innovative features such as UWB.
Google’s original Pixel Watch impressed with its sleek design and advanced features but left room for improvement, particularly in battery life. Now, the upcoming Pixel Watch 2 signals Google’s deeper commitment to the smartwatch market, aiming to build on the strengths of its predecessor while addressing its shortcomings.
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According to the Google teaser video, Pixel Watch 2 will be very similar to the original. Expected are three colour options, Licorice (Black), Porcelain, and Sky (Blue).
Google has also updated its online store with a new page about the 4th of October event. As shown in the image below, the company also hi lights the Pixel Watch2 on this page.
The Keynote is invite-only but the rest of us can follow the proceedings on Youtube. The livestream should go live around 10am ET or 7am PT on October 4th. Here’s the YouTube link – you can register to be notified before the event starts.
The latest development are promo pictures that have leaked. They leave little to the imagination.
A new era of processing power
100% recycled aluminium
Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1, four Cortex A-53 cores running at 1.7GHz, Adreno 702 GPU
306mAh (4% increase from the previous model) – 24 hour battery life, 80 minutes full charge
1.2-inch OLED panel, 384 x 384 resolution, made by Samsung
Wear OS 4 (based on Android 13), supports seamless updates
NXP SR100T UWB module (for precise device-finding features and Digital Car key support)
LTE and Wi-Fi
Based on an NXP chip, similar to the first-generation Pixel Watch
Accelerometer, heart rate, blood oxygen, skin temperature, cEDA
Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 & better battery
The Pixel Watch 2 will replace the Exynos 9110 chipset with the more powerful and efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1. This processor features four Cortex A-53 cores running at 1.7GHz and a newer Adreno 702 for graphics. It will also be paired with a custom coprocessor based on an NXP chip.
Google will offer the Pixel Watch 2 in two variants, LTE and Wi-Fi. The new chip is expected to be more power-efficient, hinting at improved battery life.
The first-gen Pixel Watch had a 294mAh battery, but the Pixel Watch 2 will be powered by a 306mAh battery pack, a modest 4% increase. But that’s only enough for about a day between charges.
UWB on the Pixel Watch 2
One of the standout features of the Google Pixel Watch 2 is the inclusion of ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, facilitated by an NXP SR100T UWB module. This cutting-edge technology opens up new possibilities, such as precise device finding, aligning with Google’s efforts to enhance its Find My Device network, and even supporting its first-party item tracker.
The UWB feature could also revolutionize user convenience by acting as a Digital Car Key, supported by several automobile brands, and enabling seamless media playback transfer to UWB-enabled devices like a Pixel Tablet or Nest speaker.
The Pixel Watch 2 is expected to feature a 1.2-inch OLED panel with 384 x 384 resolution, made by Samsung. This replaces BOE, which supplied the first Pixel Watch. While the pesky bezels will make a reappearance, the updated panel may enable battery-saving features and higher brightness.
Improved health and fitness tracking
Google Pixel Watch 2 will pretty much match Sense 2 as far as sensor technology. This means it is getting the cEDA sensor, which is capable of measuring stress around the clock. This is in addition to the standard fitness sensors that measure steps, heart rate, blood oxygen, skin temperature and even ECG.
Also, there’s now a auto-workout mode which automatically starts, pauses and stops your activities. You can track the time spent in each heart rate zone during exercise and set a pace goal when running for real-time feedback.
Software and updates
The Pixel Watch 2 will run on Wear OS 4, based on Android 13. This model will be the first-ever smartwatch to support seamless updates. The watch will update the OS in the background while still running on the older version, switching to the newer version once the user reboots the device. This will lead to higher storage being occupied but ensures a smooth user experience.
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