Google enthusiasts are being treated to an abundance of information about the highly anticipated upcoming Pixel hardware. Just recently, the veil was lifted on the Pixel 8, and now, the Pixel Watch 2 takes center stage. In an intriguing YouTube teaser, Google has provided a sneak peek of what awaits smartwatch aficionados.
At first glance, the design of the Pixel Watch 2 doesn’t appear significantly different from its predecessor. It retains the iconic rounded Corning Gorilla Glass bubble screen and maintains a familiar user interface. However, keen observers have noted a subtle change in the crown, sparking hopes of an enhanced design. The original Pixel Watch faced criticism, with some users finding the crown less than satisfactory and the haptic feedback somewhat lacking.
Continuity seems to be the theme, as the watch band remains almost identical to its predecessor, offered in the familiar Chalk Active color. Similarly, the side button mirrors the placement of the previous Pixel Watch, positioned just above the crown. While Google has yet to officially confirm the presence of a Snapdragon processor, a glimpse at the watch’s backside reveals intriguing details.
Upon closer examination, the back of the watch displays an IP68 water resistance rating. This indicates that the Pixel Watch 2 can withstand freshwater submersion for up to 30 minutes at a maximum depth of 16 yards. Notably, its predecessor lacked an IP rating but was deemed safe at depths of 54 yards. The Pixel Watch 2 seems to match this capability, as evidenced by markings on its back.
Diving into the specifications, accompanying text suggests that the device will incorporate SpO2 functionality, allowing users to monitor their oxygen levels. Sleep tracking and heart rate monitoring capabilities are also in the mix. However, the most exciting prospect is the potential for a substantial upgrade.
Rumors have long hinted at the Pixel Watch 2 sporting an enhanced biometric sensor akin to the one found in the Fitbit Sense 2. A close examination of the sensor placement on the back of the Pixel Watch 2 reveals striking similarities with the Fitbit Sense 2, a logical move considering Google’s ownership of Fitbit. This strongly suggests that the new Pixel Watch will likely offer features such as skin temperature monitoring, stress analysis, and heart rate variability tracking.
To uncover the complete story of Google’s forthcoming smartwatch, we’ll need to await its global debut on October 4, where it will share the spotlight with the Pixel 8. Stay tuned for further exciting developments on the horizon.