In the past months, 9to5Google has detailed several key aspects of the Pixel Watch, and we’re now hearing how Google will be pricing its first wearable when it launches this fall.
What we know about the Google smartwatch
With a round, dome-shaped design, the Pixel Watch is about 40mm wide and about 14mm thick. Google hasn’t revealed the screen resolution yet, but it spans about 30mm from an early measurement. There is a crown at the 3 o’clock position that rotates and can be pressed, while a single button is just above it.
The Pixel Watch will be available in three colors (silver, black and gold), and Google is working on an extensive collection of 20mm bands that we reported on earlier.
Back in May, we reported that the Pixel Watch is powered by Samsung’s older Exynos 9110 with a coprocessor, over 1.5GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. The latter two specs will be higher than anything else in the Wear OS market today.
The battery is just under 300 mAh with a magnetic charger that is USB-C on the other side. The battery is expected to last for a day. Other notable specs include built-in GPS, 50m water resistance, NFC, and a range of health sensors that could very well be the same ones used by the Fitbit Luxe and Charge 5.
It will run Wear OS 3 with “Smart Unlock” for Android and a companion Google Pixel Watch app.
Pixel Watch price
As we learned at I/O 2022 in May, the Pixel Watch will be available in a Bluetooth/Wi-Fi model and a variant with LTE. According to a source familiar with the case, the latest Pixel Watch mobile will cost $399 in the US. Plans may change before launch, of course, while carrier deals will no doubt drive the price down.
That’s the same price as the cheapest Apple Watch Series 7 with only Bluetooth/Wi-Fi, while the comparable Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 costs $279 and the Watch 5 Pro $449. Moving up to cellular models each is $499, $329, respectively. and $449. (For comparison, the just-announced Fitbit Sense 2 without cellular is $299.)
Price-wise, the Pixel Watch sits between Samsung’s and Apple’s entry-level products, while Fitbit acts as Google’s more affordable smartwatch range. Notably, compared to the Galaxy Watch, Google uses recycled stainless steel for the case, for which Apple charges a premium ($699), along with a sapphire crystal and a cell phone. The Pixel Watch won’t use that premium cover glass, though.
Pixel Watch launch date
Compared to launching just the phone last year, Google will be releasing two major products side by side this fall if all goes according to plan. We’ve learned that the Pixel Watch will launch alongside the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro rather than having a release date gap. It’s similar to how the Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro became available at the same time in July.
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