Pixel Watch leaks: All the last minute information [Video]

Google’s first smartwatch is highly anticipated to the point that it probably won’t be able to live up to unbearable expectations. After months of next to nothing, the Pixel Watch leaks have come thick and fast. Here’s everything you need to know.

Delays, false dawns and more have led to the first Google-made wearable finally making its debut alongside the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. Thanks to a mountain of last-minute leaks, we have a pretty solid picture of what to expect, and it’s going to be interesting to say the least.

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Design and accessories

The earliest leak of the Pixel Watch basically confirmed the design so early that it was almost a shock that it looked so similar when it finally broke cover in the first half of 2022. It’s not often that designs are set in stone in so early a stage, but with the Pixel watch rumored for so long, this could explain the design consistency.

Google sticks to a simple circular shape with a curved edge-to-edge design that certainly borrows from the likes of the Ressence Type 3 luxury mechanical watch, but without the hefty cost of entry. A rotating bevel crown is also on the right side with a button just above. It hasn’t been explicitly confirmed, but it looks like you can use this to scroll through on-screen menus like you can on many other Wear OS watches.

A major point of contention seems to be the 1.4-inch screen. While the renders have shown fairly slim bezels, leaks of unboxed Pixel Watch demo units show that the bezels will be quite noticeable in the right lighting. Unlike many OEMs, Google will only offer its first notebook in a 40mm size, but with 30mm of actual usable screen space, according to early hands-on leaks.

Only three chassis colors are set to be available. Black, gray and gold cases are set to be available, which will pair with the device bezels of the Pixel 7 series with Obsidian, Snow and Hazel finishes respectively. This will be great for cohesion if you’re picking up the latest smartphone, but there will be a huge range of first-party straps and bands to choose from.

A proprietary connector is set to be used, which was briefly teased during the I/O reveal. The Pixel Watch bands appear to slide into place and can be removed with a release button on the outer edge of the actual watch.

A recent leak has confirmed that a 20mm silicone band will be the standard accessory in the box for the Pixel Watch. Positioned as the “active” band, the Fitbit-style Infinity strap appears to start at $49. Leaked images of the Pixel Watch band collection show that Google will offer fabric mesh bands, several silicone options, leather bands, plus some high-end metal bands.

specifications

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The reported internals for the Pixel Watch could leave a lot to be desired, as our own leak indicates that it will use the Exynos 9110 chipset. This four-year-old processor was used on the original Galaxy Watch. It’s hard not to be concerned, but it’s worth noting that a co-processor is set to be used, which could help alleviate any major slowdowns and performance bottlenecks.

Another rumor suggests that the Pixel Watch was planned to launch back in 2018, which has led to the use of an old processor. That could well be the case, but we don’t know if that’s true. Given that Google has previously used less powerful processors for flagship devices, there may be a completely different reason.

A saving grace could be the other internals. The Pixel Watch is set to come with over 1.5GB of RAM, which means it should surpass what’s offered on any other Wear OS watch today. Additionally, 32GB of storage is set to be offered. It is double the size of existing devices and allows users to save content for offline playback and hopefully more as the applications are updated.

Battery and charging

One of the most concerning aspects of the Pixel Watch has been the expected battery life. An early rumor suggests that the battery capacity will be limited just below the 300mAh threshold. Google has since confirmed “all-day battery life” with leaked marketing materials. It’s actually not clear if it means when you’re using the Always-on display feature or not.

Twenty four hours of life seems to be average at least for a new laptop. The 40mm size means a larger battery could have been more difficult to add without increasing the thickness, but we’ll reserve judgment until we’ve tried the Pixel Watch for ourselves.

The Pixel Watch charges via a magnetic puck in the same way as the Galaxy Watch series. It is not clear if you can charge wirelessly using a Qi charger or reverse wireless charging. The actual charging cable has a USB-C connector instead of USB-A, but that should mean it will be compatible with existing Pixel chargers.

Software and features

We know Google revamped Wear OS with the help of Samsung, so it’s about time a first-party wearable hit store shelves with the latest build pre-installed. A recent leak of retail packaging shows that Wear OS 3.5 is set to come pre-loaded on the Pixel Watch. This is good news as it matches the recently released Galaxy Watch 5 series. Until recently, Samsung has been the flagship for Wear OS, as there are only four watches on the market with this particular construction.

Back at I/O, a number of apps were teased, including a new Google Home app for Wear OS, plus some additional integration with Fitbit for fitness and health tracking. Google Fit can still be used, but it looks like you’ll be able to track workouts and more using the Fitbit. A leaked marketing material indicates that you’ll need a Fitbit Premium subscription to access in-depth Pixel Watch tracking features. But we simply don’t know at this point.

Google Assistant will certainly be a big focus, while there’s Google Pay/Wallet tap-to-pay and Maps navigation. Your Pixel Watch can unlock your Android device and Chromebook, while there will be a “Google Pixel Watch” companion app. Fast Pair should also be available to speed up connecting and switching Bluetooth headphones.

A number of exclusive watch faces have been detailed with some that you’ll be familiar with if you’ve ever used a Nest Hub. We’ve already seen some of these watch faces that Google is working on. The designs span digital and analog with most offering complication slots, like the Fitbit.

Fast Pair will make the process of pairing the Pixel Watch to your Android phone pretty seamless. A recent leak has shown that the process of linking will ask you to download a dedicated app from the Google Play Store. We don’t yet know what the app will look like, but if it looks anything like the Galaxy Wearable application, it will likely offer additional controls and customization options.

Pricing

In late August, we reported that Google is pricing the cellular Pixel Watch with LTE at $399 in the US. Since then, we’ve learned that the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth model costs $349.99. Additionally, it will be available in the black case with Obsidian (black) band, Silver/Chalk (white-beige) and Gold/Hazel (green-ish). The standard LTE chassis/band configurations are almost the same, except for Silver/Carbon (grey).

We know that due to a leak, if you pre-order the Pixel 7 Pro in the UK, the Pixel Watch will be offered as a free gift. This would be a significant pre-release incentive for anyone looking to get the latest handset and wearable directly from the Google Store. Other regions offer free access to Fitbit Premium with purchase. Offers are likely to vary from region to region.

Release date and availability

Google will fully detail and reveal the Pixel 7, 7 Pro and Pixel Watch at an in-person launch event in NYC on October 6. In previous years, the end of the live stream coincided with the opening of pre-orders. We bet this will be the case again, but there hasn’t been any explicit leak about when the Pixel Watch will start shipping. But with the Pixel 7 expected to go on sale from October 13, it wouldn’t be a stretch to expect the Pixel Watch to be available at the same time.

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