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Pixel Watch 2 Google’s most robust wearable yet


During the ‘Made by Google Event,’ Google officially unveiled the Pixel 2, featuring several exciting changes. Notably, this wearable will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chip, complemented by a Cortex M33 co-processor. The addition of this co-processor is particularly noteworthy, as it is designed to efficiently handle less demanding tasks, such as managing the always-on display (AOD). The Pixel 2 also boasts an increased battery capacity of 306 mAh, a slight improvement over the first Pixel watch’s 294 mAh capacity. This, combined with more efficient processors, is expected to extend the time between charges. While the official Pixel Watch 2 specs indicate a 24-hour battery life, this is with the AOD enabled.

Another notable enhancement is improved durability. In addition to the Gorilla Glass crystal covering the face, the watch now boasts an IP68 rating, signifying its ability to withstand dust and immersion in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes. Moreover, the new Pixel features a casing made entirely of recycled aluminum, resulting in a slightly lighter wearable. Alongside a thinner domed glass cover on the face, these design changes contribute to a sleeker overall appearance.

In the competitive landscape of smartwatches with diverse tracking capabilities, the Pixel 2 faces off against Apple’s latest Watch Series 9 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6. While hardware specs are just one aspect of choosing the right smartwatch, they are informative when considering factors like battery life and screen size. Therefore, while the following table provides a hardware comparison, it’s essential to base your purchasing decision on a broader assessment of your needs and preferences.

Google Pixel 2 Apple Watch Series 9 Samsung Galaxy Watch 6
Pricing (MSRP) $349 for Bluetooth/Wi-Fi

$399 for 4G LTE model

41mm Aluminum: $399
45mm Aluminum: $429
41mm Stainless steel: $699
45mm Stainless steel: $749
40mm: $299.99
44mm: $329.99
Dimensions 41mm: 12.3mm height 41mm: 1.61 x 1.38 x 0.42 inches
45mm: 1.77 x 1.50 x 0.42 inches
40mm: 1.53 x 1.59 x 0.35 inches
44mm: 1.69 x 1.75 x 0.35 inches
Weight (approx.) 41mm: 1.09 ounces (without the band) 41mm Aluminum: 1.13 ounces
45mm Aluminum: 1.37 ounces
41mm Stainless steel: 1.49 ounces
45mm Stainless steel: 1.82 ounces
40mm: 1.02 ounces
44mm: 1.16 ounces
Case material Aluminum Aluminum or Stainless steel Aluminum (Stainless steel on Galaxy Watch 6 Classic)
Display Size 41mm: 1.2 inches 41mm: 1.69 inches
45mm: 1.9 inches
40mm: 1.31 inches
44mm: 1.47 inches
Display resolution / pixel density 320 ppi 41mm: 430 x 352, 326 ppi
45mm: 484 x 396, 326 ppi
40mm: 432 x 432, 330 ppi
44mm: 480 x 480, 327 ppi
Display Type AMOLED display with DCI-P3 color
Custom 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Aluminum: Ion-X glass
Stainless steel: Sapphire crystal glass
Sapphire crystal glass
Display brightness Up to 1,000 nits Up to 2,000 nits Up to 2,000 nits
Chipset Qualcomm SW5100
Cortex M33 co-processor
Apple S9 (dual-core) Exynos W930 (dual-core, 5 nm)
Storage 32 GB eMMC flash72 GB SDRAM 64GB 16GB
Battery life (claimed) 24 hours with always-on display
306 mAh
Up to 18 hours / up to 36 hours in Low Power Mode Up to 40 hours with always-on display (AOD) off / up to 30 hours with AOD on
40mm: 300mAh
44mm: 425mAh
Wireless charging No Yes, via proprietary standard Yes, via WPC-based chargers
Water resistance IP68, 5 ATM Up to 50 meters, IP6X dust resistance IP68, 5 ATM
GPS GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Health features Multi-path heart rate sensor, red and infrared sensors for oxygen saturation (SpO2), ECG app, skin conductance (cEDA) for stress tracking, skin temperature sensor, sleep tracking, irregular heart rhythm notifications Optical heart rate sensor, blood oxygen measurements, temperature sensor, ECG app, sleep tracking, irregular heart rhythm notifications Optical heart rate sensor, blood oxygen measurements, temperature sensor, ECG app, sleep tracking, irregular heart rhythm notifications, bioelectrical impedance analysis sensor
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth v5.0 v5.3 v5.3
NFC Yes Yes Yes
OS Wear OS 4 watchOS 10 Wear OS 4, One UI 5 Watch
Case colors Matte Black, Polished Silver, Champagne Gold Aluminum: Pink, Starlight, Midnight, Silver, Product Red
Stainless steel: Gold, Silver, Graphite
Graphite, Gold
Other features Always-on display, 4G LTE, altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope, fall detection, emergency SOS, 6 months of Fitbit Premium included Always-on display, ultra-wideband chip, fall detection, crash detection, emergency SOS, optional 4G LTE (standard with stainless steel model), altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope Always-on display, fall detection, emergency SOS, optional 4G LTE, altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope

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