September 21, 2023

It’s not simply the Pixel 8 household: key particulars concerning the Pixel Watch 2 have leaked, suggesting a minor improve with a couple of key enhancements.

As you might recall, Google launched its unique Pixel Watch final October alongside the Pixel 7 and seven Professional. It acquired typically good critiques regardless of its historic Samsung Exynos 9110 system on a chip (SoC)—it debuted in 2018—and poor battery life, thanks partly to its distinctive Fitbit integration and nice spherical kind issue. I didn’t attempt the Pixel Watch initially as a result of I had simply gotten an Apple Watch, however after deciding that ecosystem was the flawed place for me, I ordered a Pixel Watch this previous Could after which discovered it to be a terrific Apple Watch different for these on Android.

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Finally, I went again to my Fitbit Cost 5 as a result of it’s a less complicated gadget that meets my wants and gives epic 6-day battery life. However simply as I’m within the Pixel 8 Professional that can arrive in October, I’m holding my eye on any Pixel Watch 2 information. And whereas I’m undecided the enhancements will warrant me upgrading, it nonetheless appears good.

So far, the rumors have been slight. We realized that it might use a extra environment friendly (and fashionable) Qualcomm SoC again in Could, for instance, and extra just lately there have been lesser rumors about new watch bands and watch faces, however not a lot else. However that modified right this moment: because of a mistaken itemizing within the Google Play Console gadget catalog, first reported by 9to5Google, we immediately know much more
about Pixel Watch 2. And most of it is vitally excellent news certainly.

Pixel Watch 2 will certainly use a extra fashionable and environment friendly SoC, the Qualcomm SW5100, also referred to as the Snapdragon W5. This isn’t a top-of-the-line wearable SoC—there’s a Snapdragon W5+ with an embedded coprocessor, for instance—but it surely debuted only a yr in the past, is constructed on a 4 nm manufacturing course of, in comparison with 10 nm for the Exynos 9110 in its predecessor. This could lead to improved efficiency and battery life, and as any Pixel Watch proprietor will inform you, that latter enchancment is especially needed.

Tied to that, the Pixel Watch 2 will make the most of a greater GPU, the Qualcomm Adreno 702, however the identical 2 GB of RAM as its predecessor. The display dimension and pixel decision/density (384 x 384 pixels/320 ppi) will likewise stay unchanged, however Google is rumored to be switching from a BOE panel to a Samsung panel, 9to5Google claims.

Pixel Watch 2 may even transfer to Android 13, which is the idea for Put on OS 4, whereas its predecessor utilized Android 12/Put on OS 3.5. Amongst different issues, which means Pixel Watch 2 will assist backup and restore performance that helps prospects transfer extra seamlessly to a brand new wearable.

Past this, the Pixel Watch 2 is rumored to function Extremely-Broad Band (UWB) assist, a barely greater battery, and an aluminum case, which might be a downgrade from the stainless-steel used within the unique if true. I’d wish to see smaller bezels, a second sizing alternative, and higher display safety, however there’s little likelihood of any of that occuring.

We’ll know quickly sufficient: Google will nearly definitely announce Pixel Watch 2 in about two months.