Excitement is building as we gear up for October 2023, and it’s not just because of pumpkin spice lattes and spooky Halloween decorations. No, we’ve got something even juicier on the horizon – the rumored release of the Pixel Watch 2. Last year’s watch may not have impressed not all the users due to Google’s paywall on some features, lackluster battery performance, or its limited availability of official pixel watch bands. But this year Google’s trying to make a big dent in the Smart Watch market with improved performance and features.
If you’re a fan of Google’s last year Pixel Watch, this one’s going to make you sit up and take notice. From its stunning display to its cutting-edge features, we’re about to spill the beans on what may have a great rivalry with Samsung’s Galaxy Watch series or even the Apple Watch series. So, let’s try to find out its rumored key Features and specs before the release.
|GSM / HSPA / LTE
|Expected announcement on October 4, 2023
|Rumored, with an expected release date in October 2023
|Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), stainless steel frame
|50m/5ATM water resistant (IP68)
|AMOLED with a peak brightness of 1000 nits
|384 x 384 pixels (~453 ppi density)
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5
|Android Wear OS 4
|Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 (4 nm)
|Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53
|32GB storage and 2GB RAM
|Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
|5.3 with A2DP and LE support
|GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
|Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, altimeter, compass, SpO2, Ultra Wideband (UWB) support
|Black, White, and possibly other colors
|G4TSL, GC3G8, GD2WG
|3rd party bands
|Support for 3rd party pixel watch bands
|Li-Ion 306 mAh, non-removable
The Pixel Watch 2 will have a new processor that will make it substantially more powerful and battery-efficient. The original Pixel Watch used an old Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip, which was outdated and inefficient.
The Pixel Watch 2 will have a deeper integration with Fitbit, Google’s subsidiary that specializes in fitness trackers and smartwatches. The Pixel Watch 2 will be able to sync with Fitbit devices. It will also have access to Fitbit Premium features, and use Fitbit’s health and wellness algorithms.
The Pixel Watch 2 will have an always-on display. It will show the time and other information without requiring a wrist gesture or a tap. The always-on display will also support dynamic watch faces that can change based on the context.
3rd Party pixel watch bands:
Just like last year, we expect to see a lot of 3rd Party pixel watch bands. We may see a variety of designs and materials for the next Pixel Watch bands.
The Pixel Watch 2 will have a built-in GPS that will allow users to track their location and distance without needing a smartphone1. This will be useful for outdoor activities like running, cycling, or hiking.
No blood oxygen sensing – yet:
The Pixel Watch 2 will not have a blood oxygen sensor, which is a feature that many other smartwatches offer. Blood oxygen sensing can measure the oxygen saturation level in the blood, which can indicate health issues like sleep apnea or COVID-19. Google has said that it plans to add this feature in a future update. But we still don’t know when that will happen.
Old chip and small battery capacity could be trouble:
The Pixel Watch 2 will use the same Snapdragon Wear 4100 chip as the Fossil Gen 6. It is an improvement over the previous generation, but still not as advanced as the Apple S7 or the Exynos W920 chips used by Apple and Samsung respectively. The Pixel Watch 2 will also have a small battery capacity of 300mAh. It is less than the Galaxy Watch 5’s 340mAh or the Apple Watch Series 8’s 350mAh. These factors could limit the performance and battery life of the Pixel Watch 2, especially with features like an always-on display and onboard GPS.
Bland Official pixel watch bands options:
The Pixel Watch 2, if it follows the footsteps of it’s predecessor may have bland official pixel watch bands options. Rumors suggest that there will be limited options of official pixel watch bands which may not be enough for trendy consumers.
The Pixel Watch 2 is expected to cost around the same as the original Pixel Watch. The Pixel Watch was $349.99 for the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi version and $399.99 for the LTE version. This is slightly cheaper than the Apple Watch Series 8. Apple Watch Series 8 starts at $399.99 for the GPS version and $499.99 for the cellular version. Unfortunately, it’s much more expensive than the Galaxy Watch 5 ($279.99 for the Bluetooth version and $329.99 for the LTE version). The Pixel Watch 2 might not offer enough value or features to justify its high price tag compared to its competitors.
The Google Pixel Watch 2 is ready to make makes its mark as a top contender in the smartwatch market with its anticipated improvements over its predecessor. While it addresses key issues like performance and Fitbit integration, there are some concerns, including the absence of certain features, lack of official pixel watch bands, and a relatively small battery. The success of the Pixel Watch 2 will largely depend on its ability to strike a balance between innovation and competitive pricing. As we await its official release in October 2023, it remains to be seen whether it can stand toe-to-toe with established players like Samsung and Apple in the world of smartwatches.