The Made by Google event showcased the new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones, as well as the Google Pixel Watch and tablet. The Google Pixel Watch has a starting price of $349, or Rs 28,700+ when switching to the Bluetooth-only version. The LTE variant costs $399 in the US, or over Rs 32,800 when switching.
Google hasn’t revealed the price for the Indian market or if the Pixel Watch will be sold here at all. But there’s no doubt that the first Google smartwatch attracted a lot of interest. Here’s a quick look at the features.
Pixel Watch: design, band options
The Pixel Watch has a circular design in three color options: champagne gold, matte black case, and polished silver case. According to Google, the watch is made from 80% recycled stainless steel and the Active Band uses “fluoroelastomer with a soft-touch coating.” Fluoroelastomer is synthetic rubber. The Active Band is available in Obsidian, Charcoal, Chalk, and Hazel color options. The watch’s display has a diameter of 41 mm, a height of 12.3 mm and weighs 36 grams without the strap.
Google also showcased other band options during the launch event, including a woven band, a two-tone leather band, and a stretch band. All of these bands are sold separately in the US Google Store.
Pixel Watch: Other specifications
The watch has a side button and a haptic crown. It also comes with a built-in microphone and a built-in speaker. The Pixel Watch is powered by a Samsung Exynos 9110 SoC and runs WearOS 3.5. It comes with 2GB of SDRAM and 32GB of storage.
Connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz and NFC support. It also supports GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo. The watch is compatible with Android 8.0 or newer, so this will not work with an iPhone.
The watch’s display features custom 3D Corning Gorilla Glass, and this is an AMOLED display with 320ppi and up to 1000 nits. This is an always-on display. The watch packs a 294mAh battery, with Google promising a day of battery life. The charging speed is 50 percent in 30 minutes and about 80 minutes to get a full charge. Google ships a magnetic USB-C charging cable in the box.
Sensors on the watch include a compass, altimeter, blood oxygen sensor, multipurpose electrical sensor, optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and ambient light sensor.
The watch also has Fitbit health and fitness features, EKG capabilities, Google Maps, Wallet, Emergency SOS, and international emergency calls. Google also plans to add fall detection to the watch later this winter. Google is also giving buyers six months of free access to Fitbit Premium and three months of free YouTube Premium. The watch has a water resistance of 5 ATM, which means you can take it swimming, but only in shallow water. Google clarifies that the watch is not waterproof.