August 5, 2023
October of last year saw the introduction of the Google Pixel Watch, equipped with the Exynos 9110 SoC. Nonetheless, rumors have recently surfaced suggesting the Pixel Watch 2 will transition from Exynos to the Snapdragon W5 Series chip. While it wasn’t specific whether it would be the W5 or W5+ Gen 1 SoC, Android Authority reveals that the second iteration of the Pixel Watch will be powered by the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 platform.
Expected to deliver enhanced efficiency, the Google Pixel Watch 2 will be paired with a slightly larger battery (306 mAh compared to 294 mAh). This, in turn, should extend the battery life beyond that of the initial Pixel Watch.
According to the report, the Google Pixel Watch 2 will retain the large black bezels of its predecessor. However, the smartwatch is set to feature a 1.2″ circular OLED screen with a 384×384-pixel resolution, procured from Samsung Display, replacing the BOE. In addition, the Google Pixel Watch 2 will come with Android 13-based Wear OS 4 straight out of the box, supporting dynamic theming and seamless updates, a first in the smartwatch sector. The Pixel Watch 2 is also rumored to include an ultra-wideband (UWB), potentially enabling precise device locating, car unlocking via Digital Car Key, and seamless media playback transfer to a docked Pixel Tablet or potential UWB-equipped Nest speaker.
Some promotional animation purporting to appear on Google Pixel Watch 2’s demo units has also been released, which can be viewed below. Interestingly, while the initial Pixel Watch was not released in India, this may change with the Pixel Watch 2, as its models (G4TSL, GC3G8, GD2WG) now include an entry for the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). It remains to be seen if Google will extend its smartwatch availability to other regions.
More information about the Google Pixel Watch 2 is likely to appear in the future, but in the meantime, the leaked watch faces for the Pixel Watch 2 can be viewed here.