A Google Pixel Watch report from last weekend has certainly raised a lot of expectations surrounding these segments. The news that Google has decided to use a 4 year old processor for their first flagship watch was disappointing to say the least. However, a follow-up report later this week will help bring back some tension and eliminate any concerns you may have.
Crew A. 9to5 Google Heard from a second source who confirmed the Pixel Watch chipset as the 4-year-old Exynos 9110, the same chip first found in the Galaxy Watch. Where this horrible news moves away from is what this source told them.
Google will apparently add a co-processor alongside that older Exynos 9110 chip, possibly helping to offload tasks and create a more efficient watch experience. This will be similar to what Qualcomm does for wearables with their 3100 and 4100 series chips. A low-power co-processor for this type of thing can be used to monitor running health and fitness data, to get an always-on display. By removing the activities from the main, power-hungry chip and placing it through a low-power chip, efficiency has great advantages.
This news is very understandable, as it will allow Google to clear the discussion from Google I / O where they said that the watch was “made by Google inside and out.” My guess is that they will sell it as a custom experience and brand it with Google Tensor. They basically did the same thing with the tensor on the Pixel 6 line.
For the rest of the good news, today’s report states that we can get 32GB of storage and more than 1.5GB of RAM. If you’ve been using Wear OS Clock at any time for the past several years, you probably know that 1GB RAM (from 512MB) has dramatically improved the user experience on the platform. Some watches we’ve seen since then go even further and give us 1.5GB of RAM, like the Galaxy Watch 4 series. RAM is an important feature for smartwatches on Android.
In somewhat related news, we are now learning that the Pixel Watch will use health sensors on par with the Fitbit. This means not just heart rate tracking, but also SpO2 and ECG readings.
In short, last week’s seemingly bad news has now turned out to be okay, if not better Good When upgrading things like news storage and RAM, Google can customize a static-enabled chip to do better than ever before.
Is the Pixel Watch back on your radar?