Google Pixel Watch Rumors: Specs, Release Date, Price and More
Update: Google confirmed to Tom's Guide on Aug. 31 that it will not launch a Pixel Watch this year.
As Google continues to make its mark in the smartphone industry, the company is apparently thinking about its future in smartwatches.
Google, which now has a hardware division, thanks to a recent HTC acqui-hire of that company's smartphone business, is planning to launch a Pixel Watch smartwatch this year, according to serial leaker Evan Blass. According to his tweet, which surfaced in May, Google will unveil the smartwatch in October alongside new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones.
The Pixel Watch would be the first smartwatch from Google and one of the top competitors to Apple Watch Series 4 and Samsung's Galaxy Watch. It would also be the most important Wear OS option on the market if and when it launches.
But as we inch closer to an expected Google unveiling in October, there's little known about the Pixel Watch. Here's a look at all the Pixel Watch rumors we've heard so far. Be sure to keep checking back for the latest updates as they become available.
Get ready for three models
Much of what we think we know about the Google Pixel Watch centers on a report from the German publication WinFuture.
And in May, the site reported that Google is working on three Galaxy Watch models. According to the report, the models are currently code-named Ling, Triton and Sardine. Google typically uses aquatic animal names for its mobile product code names.
Exactly what the Pixel Watch code names mean, however, is unknown. It seems plausible, given the names, that the devices will come in different sizes. There's also a chance that they'd be available at difference prices.
But if anything is clear after the WinFuture report, it's that we won't just see one Pixel Watch.
Oct. 9 launch date
According to a report in Bloomberg, Google will launch its new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones on Oct. 9 at a New York City press event. And it's safe to assume the Pixel Watch would debut the same day.
A high-end processor
Qualcomm has been getting some buzz this year over its anticipated Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100. The new processor will be smaller than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 2100, and will also be far more efficient than the previous chip. Better yet, it should prove to be far more powerful, allowing you to interact with apps with ease.
To be clear, neither Qualcomm nor Google has said that the Snapdragon Wear 3100 is coming to the Pixel Watch. But considering that the chip, which is launching later this year, will be the flagship wearable processor from Qualcomm, and that the Pixel Watch will likely be the last high-end Android-based smartwatch to launch this year, all signs are pointing to it coming to Google's creation.
1GB of RAM
A WinFuture report suggests that Google will deliver 1GB of RAM in its upcoming Pixel Watch. If true, it would immediately put Pixel Watch toward the top of the smartwatch market and, coupled with the Snapdragon Wear 3100, could translate to outstanding performance.
This one is no surprise, but Google will bundle its own Wear OS in the Pixel Watch. What makes this software different?
At Google I/O 2018 in May, Google said Google Assistant will play a larger role in Wear OS watches. This includes an always-on microphone for making queries, text-to-speech conversion when wearing a Bluetooth headset and suggested actions.
Other upcoming Wear OS features include continuous heart-rate monitoring via Google Fit and easier music control when working out. There will also be an enhanced Battery Saver Mode to help the Pixel Watch last longer on a charge.
Design is a big question mark
Interestingly, we've heard absolutely nothing about the Pixel Watch's design. Since May when news of the smartwatch broke, we haven't seen any credible design leaks, renders, or even CAD drawings.
So, while we can speculate all day long about what the Pixel Watch might offer, at least right now, we have no idea what Google has planned.
Connectivity: Expect LTE
There's a near-guarantee, considering that every other smartwatch on the market has it, that the Pixel Watch will ship with Wi-Fi connectivity. But will we get LTE?
If Google opts for the Snapdragon Wear 3100 from Qualcomm, there's a good chance it will come with an LTE chip from the company, as well. This will allow you to make calls, get notifications, track your runs and more without your phone.
What will the Pixel Watch cost?
It's tough to say. But considering the Pixel Watch is expected to come with high-end features, don't expect it to be the cheapest option on store shelves.
The Apple Watch, which will likely prove to be the Pixel Watch's biggest competitor, costs $329 to start. Samsung has affixed the same starting price to its recently unveiled Galaxy Watch.
If the Pixel Watch offers similar features to those two flagships, Google's pricing might land at around the same price.