Google Offers Detailed Look at Pixel Watch 2 Ahead of Official Launch
Google has released a new video providing a closer look at the upcoming Pixel Watch 2 ahead of its official launch. While the new smartwatch bears some resemblance to its predecessor, the video reveals notable differences, including a new crown, IP68 certification for water resistance, and a redesigned sensor array.
In anticipation of the upcoming Pixel smartphone series announcement on October 4th, Google decided to offer a brief glimpse of its forthcoming products. This lineup includes the Pixel 8 Pro, a more compact version called the Pixel 8, and the new Pixel Watch 2. In a previous video from the company, the smartwatches only appeared briefly. However, in this new 16-second clip, Google provides a more detailed look, confirming key distinctions from the original model.
The most significant change pertains to the device’s sensor array. In the original Pixel Watch, the EKG electrode sensors on the underside of the device were arranged in a row. In the Pixel Watch 2, they are positioned in a circular pattern with smaller LEDs. Rumors suggest that the new model will feature a Sense 2 sensor for continuous monitoring of electrodermal activity, potentially explaining the altered sensor layout.
As reported by The Verge, the video also confirms that the Pixel Watch 2 will receive an IP68 water resistance rating. The original Pixel Watch could be submerged in water up to 50 meters deep and boasted a 5ATM water resistance rating. The new watch will also feature dust protection.
The new crown on the Pixel Watch 2 is positioned flush with the screen and is no longer recessed into the case, as seen in the original model. Beyond these changes, the design of the Pixel Watch 2 appears to borrow heavily from its predecessor. This suggests that the key innovations may reside in its internal components. Rumors point to the Pixel Watch 2 featuring a new Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Plus processor instead of the Samsung Exynos 9110 dual-core chip, support for ultra-wideband (UWB) connectivity, and a larger battery.
All the details will be officially revealed on October 4th when the new smartwatch is launched, with pre-orders for the Pixel Watch 2 also beginning on the same day.
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