That’s right, Pixel fans, the long-awaited Google Pixel Watch, alongside a bag full of surprises, was announced at the Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday, 11th May, including the long-rumoured Google Pixel Watch.
Here are all the details you’ll need, including preorder and on-sale information as we get it:
Google Pixel Watch
For those familiar with Google’s Wear OS, Google Pixel Watch will be a dream come true for solid Android integration from the company that makes the OS. In a solid and bold move to rival Apple, Google bought Fitbit a while back, allowing users to carry over the fitness data they’ve built up.
Not much else is known about the smartwatch yet, well, officially anyway. We know that it will have the fully functional Google Assistant ready for those who want to control their smart home and more with voice activation.
There’s no price or solid release date set in stone yet other than it is a “premium product” and will release at the back end of 2022. Up to now, Wear OS has been a third-party smartwatch OS of choice for companies such as Huawei, Fossil and Samsung.
Here are some rumoured specifications, which are more than likely the real deal at this point:
|OS||Wear OS 3|
|Display||1.5 Inch 451 x 450 pixel Super AMOLED 451 x 450|
|Materials||Corning Gorilla Glass DX, 316L stainless steel/titanium bezel|
|Battery||361 mAh, Li-ion, non-removable with Qi wireless charging|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, NFC|
|Sensors||Acceleration, Spin, Heart Rate, Barometer|
Google Pixel 6a
For those looking for a mid-generation refresh instead of holding out for Google Pixel 7, Google Pixel 6a would be a smart choice. Going for the core budget market once again, Google Pixel 6a features a slightly smaller profile, slimmer camera bezel and a 72-hour all-day battery.
Here are the full specs:
|Storage||128GB / No Expandable Storage|
|Rear Cameras||12.2MP main, 12MP ultrawide|
|Size||6.0 x 2.8 x 0.35 depth inches/152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9 mm|
|Weight||6.3 oz/178 g|
|Colours||Sage, Chalk, Charcoal|
|Price||$449, £399, 430€|
Google Pixel 7 is already on its way despite Google Pixel 6 yet to reach a year on the market, which also means Google is out to corner the Android market and rival Apple.
It seems that Google is trying to corner the affordable and sub $1000/£1000/1000€ market and leave the mobile arms race to Apple and Samsung. It’s quite a shrewd move by the tech giant and a clever one, given that Google Tensor chipsets are based on machine learning and not raw power.
This and Google now manufacture their chipsets, keeping costs to a minimum and offering extended support periods of up to five years for current and future handsets and other applicable devices.
Again, we’re probably looking at a fall release date to coincide with the Google Pixel Watch. Here are some rumoured specifications to drool over in the meantime:
|Display||6.4-Inch OLED 1080 x 2520 pixels. Corning Gorilla Glass 6.|
|Refresh Rate||120HZ, HDR, 1 Billion colours|
|CPU||Google Tensor 2|
|Storage||128GB/256GB w/ Micro SDXC slot (Shared with SIM slot)|
|Rear Camera||Triple Camera:|
– 12 Mega Pixel, 24mm, (Wide), Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, f/1.7
– 12 Mega Pixels, 70mm (telephoto), f/2.8, 105mm, (telephoto), Dual Pixel PDAF, 3x/4.4x optical zoom, OIS, f / 2.3 aperture
– 12 Mega Pixel, 16mm, (Ultra Wide), Dual Pixel PDAF, f/2.2
|Front Camera||8 Megapixel, 24mm (wide), f/2.0 aperture|
|Battery||4500 MAh, Lithium Polymer, Non-removable|
|Charging||Fast Charging, Qi Wireless Charging|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, GPS, NFC, USB-C|
|Sensors||Fingerprint, Acceleration, Gyro, Proximity, Barometer, Compass, Color Spectrum|
|Size||157 x 68 x 8.3 mm|
|Colours||Black, Lemon, White|
Pixel Buds Pro
Straight out of nowhere, Google Pixel buds Pro were also revealed for a $199 price point and will include active noise cancellation. There’s plenty of familiar and existing tech under the hood here with some highlights, including:
- Custom audio six-core processor
- Active Noise Cancellation
- Full touch controls
- Active pressure relief
- Moldable Eartips
- Spatial Audio (after launch)
- Full Google Assistant support
Here are the specifications and other details we can expect from Google Pixel Buds Pro:
|Audio Driver||11mm w/ active pressure relief|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0 with multipoint support|
|Chip||Custom six-core audio processor|
|Earbud Battery Life||11 hours without ANC / Seven hours with|
|Earbud and Case Battery Life||31 hours without ANC / 20 hours with|
|Spatial Audio||Yes (After Launch)|
|Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)||Yes|
|Water Resistance||IPX4 earbuds, IPX2 case|
|Charging||QI Wireless or USB-C|
|Colours||Charcoal, Fog, Lemongrass, Coral|
|Price||$199 / £179.99 / 190.79€ (Current exchange rates)|
A Tablet Too?
That’s right. Designed as a companion device to Google Pixel phones for various hands-off functions, Google is prepping a return to the Android tablet market in 2023. The below Twitter post shows off some renders of what we can expect.
We’ll keep this article updated as we get official information.
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