Google Pixel Watch: News and Expected Price, Release Date, Specs; and More Rumors

Complete with real photos of the watch

Not everything is known just yet about the upcoming Google Pixel Watch, but the bits that we think we know, gathered from rumors and real images, point to a clean, modern design. Look for this smartwatch, code named Rohan and expected to monitor your health and fitness, to arrive this October.

Pixel Watch
Pixel Watch.


When Will the Pixel Watch Be Released?

Google has revealed that the Pixel Watch will be announced on October 6 along with the Pixel 7.

Talk of a Pixel-branded watch has been circulating for years, but nothing was announced officially until a trademark filing that confirmed the Pixel Watch name, and Google's brief announcement of the watch at the May 2022 Google I/O event.

Lifewire's Release Date Estimate

Google has confirmed an October 6 event for the Pixel Watch, Pixel 7, and new Pixel Buds. The Pixel phone might be available the following week, on October 13, so that might also be when the smartwatch is officially released. Although it could be released later, possibly early November.

Pixel Watch Price Rumors

One indicator for what this watch will run you is the price of similar products from competitors. The Apple Watch Series 8, for example, starts at $399. Then again, the Google-owned 2021 Fitbit Charge launched for under $200. This could mean the Pixel Watch could start somewhere in the middle, between $300 and $350.

The price, of course, will depend on the model, like if one has a more prominent watch face or supports mobile network connectivity. For example, 9to5Google, through a "retail source," says that the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi model might start at $349.99, and the LTE variant a bit higher:

According to a source familiar with the matter, that latter cellular Pixel Watch will cost $399 in the US. Plans could of course change before launch, while carrier deals will undoubtedly bring the price down.
Google Pixel Watch render in black

Jon Prosser / Rendersbyian

Pre-Order Information

Pre-ordering should be available shortly after the watch's official announcement on Thursday, October 6.

Pixel Watch Features

Leaked materials obtained by Jon Prosser and explained on his Front Page Tech YouTube episode were some of the first semi-official details we found. In those marketing materials, Google used words like world, route, agenda, and health to explain the watch's various features.

Google Pixel Watch renders in black and blue

Jon Prosser / Rendersbyian

Official information from Google, plus leaked images (also via Prosser), have us thinking these features are in the works:

  • Heart rate monitor: This is a given for any smartwatch, and it's suggested from the renders and Google's own photos, that this watch will have one.
  • Route tracking: The ability to track your steps is a must, but the Google smartwatch might also integrate with their maps to log where you walked/jogged/ran, etc., a must for avid cyclists and the like. If we end up seeing an LTE version, you'll be able to get directions even when you don't have your phone around.
  • On-wrist maps: Speaking of maps, it makes sense that Google Maps will find its way to your wrist here. It's much safer to navigate on a bike, car, or by foot when you only need to glance at your phone for a split second. A smartwatch makes this even easier.
  • Google Wallet: Other smartwatches running Wear OS support contactless payments; it's without question that the watch will include Google's payment platform so that you can make purchases faster and more safely.
  • Multiple band options: Prosser's source claims that there will be around 20 strap options. From what we can tell, the bands Google has shown appear sporty and made of rubber.
  • Samsung chipset: Google Silicon was first available in the 2021 Pixel phones, and while a Google-made chipset sounds great for a Google-made watch, too, we've also heard that it could be a Samsung Exynos-branded processor (the same chip as the 2018 Galaxy Watch). 9to5Google reports that it might be paired with a co-processor to offload tasks away from the main CPU.

Of course, as with basically any smartwatch, this one will also support alerts for things like events, texts, and calls. And Google Assistant will be available at a moment's notice, hands-free, meaning that a mic will be included so that you can do things like set alarms, read/send texts from your phone, start timers, etc. There's also said to be a companion app for the Pixel Watch.

We also know, directly from Google, that the watch will let you control your Nest home devices:

We'd like to see other features like blood glucose readings, blood oxygen monitoring, and a screen or phone-based quick user authentication. We can't confirm any of this until we uncover more leaks.

Prosser also details a few official images of the Pixel Watch in this video. They're low quality, but are real leaked marketing images directly from Google.

Pixel Watch Specs and Hardware

There’s no word on most of the specs just yet, but several renders of the watch are available from Prosser. They reveal a clean, bezel-less, circular watch face design with a button on the right side.

32 GB is what 9to5Google reports for the watch's storage size—for comparison, that's twice the capacity of the Galaxy Watch 4. The RAM in the Pixel Watch is also expected to exceed the memory of any existing smartwatch.

SnoopyTech on Twitter says the watch bands come in Chalk, Charcoal, Coral, Hazel Lemongrass, Obsidian, Coral Woven, Ivy Woven, and Lemongrass Woven. The watch itself will be available in Silver, Gold, and Black colors.

Reddit user tagtech414 leaked real photos of the watch, which you can see pictures of at Android Central. Here's one that shows a comparison of the 40mm watch next to a 40mm Apple Watch and 46mm Galaxy Watch:

Apple Watch, Galaxy Watch, and Pixel Watch side by side
Apple Watch, Galaxy Watch, and Pixel Watch.

tagtech414 / Reddit

9to5Google obtained several images that claim to be of someone actually wearing the watch (these also come from tagtech414 on Reddit):

Another bit of news spotted by 9to5Google is that the Pixel Watch will have a 300mAh battery and ship will cellular connectivity on one model (only Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on the other two). It'll also have a USB-C charging cable. The LTE version might make this the first Wear OS smartwatch to support Google Fi.

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