The Google Pixel Watch will be Google’s first smartwatch this fall. This was announced at this year’s Google I/O conference, but without many details. However, there is now information about the premium chipset and price.
Pixel watch with chips 2018
On Wednesday, Google presented the Pixel Watch at this year’s Google I/O Developer Conference. However, there was no exact information about the specifications of the watch. However, according to 9to5google, the Pixel Watch is powered by the Exynos chipset. This was first used on the Galaxy Watch in August 2018.
- Exynos 9110 is a compact, wearable powerhouse. (Source: Samsung)
Last year, it was revealed that the Pixel Watch will likely be powered by a chip from Samsung. At the time there was speculation that the chip was an Exynos W920. The same chip as the Galaxy Watch 4. This should give the Pixel Watch the edge in performance and efficiency, along with a 5nm chip and a Cortex-A55 core. For the W920, Samsung put CPU performance at around 20 percent and graphics performance 10 times better than its predecessor.
Exynos 9110 is based on a 10nm process with Cortex-A53 cores. It is similar to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100+ with a less efficient 12nm process.
The Pixel Watch project started in the period when the Exynos 9110 and Android 9 Pie were released. So Google is more likely to use the older chip. It remains to be seen how Google has managed to adapt the Pixel Watch and its 300mAh battery to the chipset. How well does the watch perform compared to the Galaxy Watch 5, which is likely to be released to the market before the Pixel Watch along with the Exynos W920 is shown in the first real tests.
However, Google has not installed the latest processors in the Pixel 6 (Pro) either. The Tensor chip is based on the weaker Exynos chipset, but remains competitive thanks to Google’s software improvements.
Pixel Watch is in a different price range than Fitbit
In 2019, Google acquired Fitbit. James Park, Fitbit co-founder, vice president and general manager, spoke to CNET in an interview about the current situation.
The Google acquisition hasn’t changed Fitbit’s mission to make the world a healthier place. The Pixel Watch will have different features than Fitbit watches and will likely also use the same sensor, but it should still work separately from Fitbit watches and trackers.
In the interview, you can read that the Pixel Watch is aimed at users who need an LTE connection. Therefore, the watch should be in a different and higher price range than Fitbit’s trackers and watches, which then score with longer battery life and powerful sensors. The collaboration between Fitbit and Pixel shows that different devices can be offered at different price ranges and users can choose the one that suits them best.
- At a high level, Fitbit’s mission continues at Google: to help make everyone in the world healthier. The Pixel Watch will be part of a family of devices from Google and Fitbit, with different price ranges. So you can get premium quality hardware under the Pixel brand. And then we’ll continue to have Fitbit devices at other prices as well.
- I think the way it all works together is really about the price and feature set. I see the Pixel Watch as for the user who wants LTE and all the advanced health and fitness features, but there will always be people for whom some of these things aren’t necessarily important. For them, the tracker with the latest health capabilities will be the device they want, and it’s our charger – it’s got the latest health sensors, it’s slim, and a long-life battery. The great thing about combining the Pixel and Fitbit is that we are able to collectively offer these different devices. People can choose what is best for them.