What you need to know
- According to a new leak, the Pixel Watch will have a 300mAh battery, which is slightly larger than the Galaxy Watch 4 (40mm model).
- The smartwatch will also presumably support cellular connectivity rather than relying solely on your phone for connectivity.
- Google is expected to showcase the wearable device at its I/O event in May.
While we now have a good idea of what the Google Pixel Watch will look like thanks to some leaked photos taken in a restaurant, not much has been said about the smartwatch’s internals so far. A new leak sheds light on battery capacity and connectivity features.
According to 9to5Google, the upcoming smartwatch will feature a 300mAh battery. This makes sense, as the device’s thick body, presumably 14mm thick, offers more space for a larger battery.
However, it’s not clear if this battery capacity will be shared by all the Pixel Watch rumors. But it’s a safe bet that this particular battery capacity will be available on the 40mm model spotted at a restaurant in the US a few days ago.
If true, the Pixel Watch will outperform some of the best Android smartwatches of its size. The 40mm version of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 has a 247mAh battery, which the company claims will last up to 40 hours. However, according to our review, it can generally stay on for about 24 hours, although your mileage may vary depending on usage.
It should be noted that the endurance of a device is difficult to determine based solely on battery capacity. However, based on this leak and the likelihood that the smartwatch will run Wear OS 3, it’s safe to assume that the Pixel Watch will have a longer battery life than the Galaxy Watch 4.
A source also told 9to5 that the smartwatch will support mobile connectivity, meaning it won’t rely on a smartphone for connectivity. There’s no word on whether this will be consistent across the various models, but it will almost certainly be available on at least one.
The Pixel Watch was rumored to cost between $300 and $400 recently, which is in the same price range as the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. This means that Google is seriously going after Samsung in the wearables market.
We’ll likely know more about the first Made by Google smartwatch when the Mountain View giant kicks off its I/O 2022 event on May 11.