Pixel Watch: Google, finally, stands up to the Apple Watch

Google has officially introduced the Pixel Watch and the best we can say for starters is that It will be a strong competitor of the Apple Watch in a segment of the smart watch where only Samsung had managed to get close to those of Cupertino.

Beyond the presentation of the new generation of mobile phones, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, the smart watch was the device that I liked the most from Google’s presentation. Perhaps because there are many mobile phones (and very good ones) and wearables there are fewer (and less achieved).

Pixel Watch, design, performance, Wear OS and Fitbit support

Google clock is really attractive in design. The media that have had it in their hands say that It is the most beautiful watch on the market and the real alternative to the Apple Watch that many have been waiting for. From the images we see they are not misguided.

Pixel Watch

The Pixel Watch has a 41mm chassis made of 80% stainless steel recycling. It measures 12.3mm tall and weighs 36 grams without the strap. The always-on display is a 320 PPI density AMOLED display with up to 1000 nits peak brightness and is coated with a custom Corning 3D Gorilla Glass protection layer.

Beneath the curb appeal is a chipset Samsung Exynos 9110, a dual-core SoC with Mali-T720 MP1 graphics, which works as the main engine together with a Cortex M33 coprocessor. The watch features 2 Gbytes of SDRAM memory and 32 GB of eMMC flash for storage.

The dedicated sensors They are the ones expected in a high-end wearable, from the compass to the altimeter, through the accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, an optical heart rate sensor and another to calculate oxygen levels in the blood. You also complete the navigation options with sensors for GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo.

Wireless connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and Wi-Fi 5, plus an upgraded version that offers support for 4G LTE broadband. The integrated 294 mAh battery will offer up to 24 hours of operation on a single charge according to the manufacturer’s data and can be charged to 50 percent in just half an hour.

The Pixel Watch uses the operating system Wear OS by Google and great integration with Fitbit servicesincluding health and wellness data, sports activity and fitness scores, ECGs, sleep scores, and six months of free Fitbit Premium experiences.

The Wear OS component will allow users to access all of their favorite Google apps and watch features, such as Wallet, Maps, Assistant, Home, and Photos, as well as third-party apps that are compatible with the operating system that should be steadily improving once adopted by Samsung in the latest Galaxy Watch and by other Google partners.

The base Pixel Watch is priced at $349, while the version with cellular connectivity will cost $399. It will be available from October 13 in various color finishes. A device to follow as a great alternative to the Apple Watch.

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