The new Google Pixel Watch will be quite the svelte little smartwatch, if a leak on Reddit proves accurate. Our friends at PhoneArena noticed a leaker had opened up a demo unit of the new Pixel Watch and had taken plenty of photos from every angle showing the glossy black disk, the band, and the charger that will come in the box.
Google showed us photos of the Pixel Watch at its Google I/O event last spring, but details and images of the new smartwatch have been scant ever since. This new leak shows us the device from all sides, giving us an idea of how thin it will be and how the top will be curved. The Pixel Watch looks much more rounded than, for instance, the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.
The leaked watch comes in a polished stainless steel case with a charcoal active-style band. We’re expecting to see a black case option, as well as a possible gold color. For bands, we’re expecting a wide variety in rubbery active styles and more fashionable leather.
The leak also gives us a good look at the Pixel Watch packaging, which provides few new details. The watch will run Google’s Wear OS 3.5, the same as Samsung’s watch, which makes sense as Samsung and Google co-developed Wear OS.
We also get a view of the sensor array on the back of the Pixel Watch, though we don’t have precise details on what sensors Google will include. We are expecting the 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 be successful. Temperature sensing has been a weirdly contentious 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 does not simply take your temperature and report it back to you.
The Fitbit Sense devices can report skin temperature, and Google owns Fitbit. In fact, Fitbit features will be a major part of the Pixel Watch, with an expected six-month subscription to Fitbit’s paid fitness plan bundled. Not all Fitbit devices measure skin temperature, so it’s not a sure bet Google will bring this feature to Pixel Watch.
We're expecting the Google Pixel Watch will be announced at Google's event on October 6. We will be on hand to get our full impressions of the new smartwatch, in addition to the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones, which are also expected to launch. If you're looking for a new smartwatch for your Android device, read our full rundown of the best Android smartwatches you can buy.
Sign up to receive daily breaking news, reviews, opinion, analysis, deals and more from the world of tech.
Phil Berne is a preeminent voice in consumer electronics reviews, having reviewed his first device (the Sony D-EJ01 Discman) more than 20 years ago for eTown.com. He has been writing about phones and mobile technology, since before the iPhone, for a variety of sites including PCMag, infoSync, PhoneScoop, and Slashgear. He holds an M.A. in Cultural Theory from Carnegie Mellon University.
Phil was the internal reviewer for Samsung Mobile, writing opinions and review predictions about top secret new devices months before launch. He left in 2017. He worked at an Apple Store near Boston, MA, at the height of iPod popularity. He has been a High School English teacher at Title I schools, and is a certified Lifeguard. His passion is smartphones and wearables, and he is sure that the next big thing will be phones we wear on our faces.