Google Pixel Watch 2 Teaser
September 14, 2023
Google recently released a video preview of the Pixel Watch 2. Although this smartwatch bears a close resemblance to its predecessor, it features some notable differences, such as a redesigned crown, IP68 certification and a completely different sensor array.
Made by Google
Ahead of the “Made by Google” launch event scheduled for October 4 in New York, Google has been offering previews of its upcoming Pixel series of devices. This includes a close look at the smaller Pixel 8 Pro and Pixel 8. However, images of the Pixel Watch 2 have been fairly brief so far. This new video, while limited in length, marks the first time we can confirm some notable design differences.
What’s new in this Pixel Watch
To begin with, the main difference lies in the arrangement of the sensors. In the original Pixel Watch, we find an edge equipped with EKG electrodes, while inside it houses a rectangular-shaped optical sensor array. However, in the Pixel Watch 2, we notice a more circular design with smaller LEDs. So far, rumors have hinted at the Pixel Watch 2’s inclusion of the Sense 2‘s continuous electrodermal activity sensor, which could justify this redesign.
In addition, an IP68 rating is also apparent. While the original Pixel Watch had a water resistance rating of 50 meters, the IP68 confirms a dust resistance level as well, which is not surprising, given that the original rating was already in the 5ATM range, generally considered suitable for swimming.
Finally, the crown appears to be more flush with the display on the Pixel Watch 2, unlike the original watch which featured a slight cutout. Despite these differences, the overall design of the Pixel Watch 2 remains similar to the original model. This suggests that the most significant updates could lie in the realm of software or internal components. For example, the Pixel Watch 2 is expected to opt for the Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Plus platform instead of Samsung’s next-generation Exynos chip.
In any case, we won’t have to wait much longer, as Google has announced that pre-sales of the Pixel Watch 2 will be available on October 4, coinciding with a big Pixel product launch event on the same day.
The Pixel Watch 2 teaser gives us an exciting glimpse at the new features Google has in store for its next-generation smartwatch. While the overall design remains similar to the original model, notable differences in the sensor layout, IP68 certification and redesigned crown promise significant improvements in terms of functionality and durability.
These innovations suggest a focus on performance and user experience, which could make the Pixel Watch 2 an attractive option for those looking for a high-quality wearable device. With pre-sales scheduled for October 4, we won’t have to wait long for more details on this exciting launch at the “Made by Google” event.