Pixel Watch looks slim and sleek in recent unboxing leak

Google Pixel Watch
(Image credit: Google)

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

Pixel Watch front

(Image credit: Reddit/@Suckmyn00dle)

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.

Pixel Watch back showing sensors

Pixel Watch from the back (Image credit: Reddit/@Suckmyn00dle)

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.

Pixel Watch from the side

(Image credit: Reddit/@Suckmyn00dle)

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.

Philip Berne
US Mobiles Editor

Phil Berne is a preeminent voice in consumer electronics reviews, starting more than 20 years ago at eTown.com. Phil has written for Engadget, The Verge, PC Mag, Digital Trends, Slashgear, TechRadar, AndroidCentral, and was Editor-in-Chief of the sadly-defunct infoSync. Phil holds an entirely useful M.A. in Cultural Theory from Carnegie Mellon University. He sang in numerous college a cappella groups.

Phil did a stint at Samsung Mobile, leading reviews for the PR team and writing crisis communications until he left in 2017. He worked at an Apple Store near Boston, MA, at the height of iPod popularity. Phil is certified in Google AI Essentials. He has a High School English teaching license (and years of teaching experience) and is a Red Cross certified Lifeguard. His passion is the democratizing power of mobile technology. Before AI came along he was totally sure the next big thing would be something we wear on our faces.