The new Google Pixel Watch it will be the slim little smartwatch if there is a leak reddit (opens in new tab) accurate proof. our friends in PhoneArena (opens in new tab) noticed that a leaker opened a demo unit of the new Pixel Watch and took lots of pictures from all angles showing the shiny black disc, strap and charger that will come in the box.
Google showed us pictures of the Pixel Watch in its Google I/O event last spring, but details and images of the new smartwatch have been scarce ever since. This new leak shows us the device from all sides, giving us an idea of how thin it will be and how curved the top will be. The Pixel Watch looks much more rounded than, say, the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.
The hollow watch comes in a polished stainless steel case with an active charcoal style bracelet. We expect to see a black box option as well as a possible gold color. For bracelets, we expect a wide range of more stylish active rubber and leather styles.
The leak also gives us a good look at the Pixel Watch’s packaging, which has few new details. The watch will run Google’s Wear OS 3.5, the same as Samsung’s watch, which makes sense because Samsung and Google developed Wear OS together.
We also get a look at the sensor array on the back of the Pixel Watch, although we don’t have precise details on what sensors Google will include. We expect standard heart rate, blood oxygen levels, body composition and ECG capabilities.
We’re not sure if Google will try to add temperature sensors and if it will succeed. Temperature detection has been an oddly controversial issue on smartwatches this season.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 has temperature sensors that are not yet active. The Apple Watch has temperature sensors, but uses this data for other features; it doesn’t just take your temperature and report it back to you.
Fitbit Sense devices can report skin temperature and Google has Fitbit. In fact, Fitbit features will be a major part of the Pixel Watch, with a planned six-month subscription to Fitbit’s paid fitness plan. Not all Fitbit devices measure skin temperature, so it’s not a sure bet that Google will bring this feature to the Pixel Watch.
We expect the Google Pixel Watch to be announced at the Google event on October 6th. We’ll be on hand to get our full impressions of the new smartwatch, as well as the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones, which are also set to launch. If you’re looking for a new smartwatch for your Android device, read our full roundup of the best Android smartwatches you can buy.