- Google will unveil the Pixel Watch 2 alongside the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro at the Made by Google 2023 event on October 4, with an expected price starting at $349.
- The design of the Pixel Watch 2 will be similar to its predecessor, featuring a 41mm dial size, stainless steel frame, and 1.2-inch OLED display with thick bezels.
- The Pixel Watch 2 should address the battery life issues of its predecessor by switching to a more efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chip, while also offering new features such as UWB support and the Material You dynamic theme.
Google finally launched its debut smartwatch in 2022 alongside the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Although its sleek and minimal design was highly commended, its sloppy performance and poor battery life held reviewers back from recommending it against better alternatives.
In 2023, Google is set to refine the Pixel Watch in more ways than one. Here’s everything we know about the Pixel Watch 2 including its release date, price, design, specs, and features.
Google Pixel Watch 2 Release Date and Price
Google will unveil the Pixel Watch 2 at the Made by Google 2023 event on October 4 at 10:00 AM ET, along with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. The Pixel Watch 2 is expected to cost the same as its predecessor, i.e., $349 for the base model and $399 for the 4G LTE model. It should be available for pre-order on the same day.
Google Pixel Watch 2 Design and Build
Google’s sneak peek video of the Pixel Watch 2 suggests the watch looks almost identical to its predecessor. That means you can expect the same 41mm dial size, stainless steel frame, and 1.2-inch OLED with thick bezels on the Pixel Watch to make a comeback in 2023, with a rumored resolution of 384 x 384 pixels.
However, the watch will have an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance—as seen in the video. As far as durability is concerned, Google is likely going to stick to Gorilla Glass 5 and stainless steel.
Sadly, there is most likely not going to be a larger option, so the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 or the Apple Watch Series 9 will continue to be a better fit for users with bigger wrists. But on the bright side, the identical dimensions should mean that the watch bands of the original Pixel Watch should fit the newer model too.
Google Pixel Watch 2 Specs and Features
The Pixel Watch 2 will come with Wear OS 4 out of the box with a range of improvements and new features. For starters, we know the device will have new watch faces and the Material You dynamic theme we first saw with the launch of Android 12, so you can easily change the look and feel of the watch UI.
More importantly, however, the Pixel Watch 2 will address one of the worst things about its predecessor: its poor battery life. Ditching the 10nm Samsung Exynos 9110 chip, the Pixel Watch 2 will switch to a significantly faster and more efficient 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chip that will help minimize power consumption and deliver longer battery life.
The battery itself isn’t going to be noticeably bigger, though. Rumors suggest a 306mAh cell—almost identical to the 294mAh cell on the Pixel Watch. We’re also expecting the watch to sport an Ultra Wideband (UWB) module to make it easier for you to find it if it gets lost.
The watch is likely to have 2GB RAM and 32GB storage just like last time, and will also retain its built-in sensors including an accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, heart rate sensor, altimeter, compass, and blood oxygen sensor to measure your SpO2 level.
Google’s Second Attempt at Its First Watch
The Google Pixel Watch 2 looks set to be a careful refinement of its predecessor. With a more powerful and efficient chip, UWB support, Wear OS 4, longer battery life, Material You dynamic theme, and the same price tag as last year, the Pixel Watch 2 is likely to be worth checking out.
Just like last time, Google may also bundle offers with the Pixel Watch 2 such as Fitbit Premium and YouTube Music Premium memberships, making the device an even better deal. That said, whether it’s better than the alternatives offered by Samsung and Apple is a question only reviewers will be able to answer better.