The first release of Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) was in 2014, and yet for some reason we never got a smartwatch of our own from Google, either from Google’s defunct Nexus line or its current Pixel series. That’s changing today: the Pixel Watch is finally here.
Google today unveiled its Pixel Watch smartwatch at its Made by Google hardware event, alongside the Pixel 7 series. And it looks like a nifty product, even as it clearly suffers from some first-gen flaws that Google will need to address in future iterations. The large bezel around the screen has been a point of contention in recent weeks of leaks, for example.
Let’s talk about the cool stuff first though. The phone sports a 1.6-inch AMOLED display protected by Gorilla Glass 5 (sorry, sapphire lovers) and comes in a single 41mm size. The display has an always-on mode and can reach up to 1000 nits brightness, so you shouldn’t have any issues when it comes to brightness outdoors. The watch is made of stainless steel and also comes with 2GB of RAM, half a gig more than Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 in terms of memory.
As for the sensors, the watch has a heart rate monitor and is even capable of taking ECGs. It is also waterproof and can be submerged up to 50 meters, about the same as the Galaxy Watch 5, but it does not reach the 100 meters that the Apple Watch Ultra allows. We also have both “active” rubbers and several other models. There’s also some software integration with Fitbit’s health services.
The watch is powered by the Samsung Exynos 9110 SoC, which is an older chip at this point; it was replaced by the Exynos W920, which is the chip used in the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5 lines. The Pixel Watch tries to make up for the old chip with that 2GB of RAM, as well as a Cortex-M33 coprocessor. It also offers up to 24 hours of battery life on a single charge, which, while decent, is still less than what its direct Samsung-made competitors offer.
As for pricing, the watch will start at $349 for the Wi-Fi-only version, going up to $400 for the LTE model. The watch will be available in Matte Black/Obsidian, Polished Silver/Hazelnut, Polished Silver/Charcoal, and Champagne Gold/Hazelnut. You can read more on the Google website.