Wednesday Google officially confirmed It was making the Pixel Watch, but the preview provided was light on concrete specs as availability is still a few months away. 9to5Google Now I know that the Pixel Watch is powered by the Exynos chip that debuted with the Samsung Galaxy Watch from 2018.
Late last year, we reported that the Pixel Watch was mostly using Samsung chipsets. Many assumed that Google would take advantage of the just-announced Exynos W920 that is in Galaxy Watch 4. This would have given the Pixel Watch the latest performance and efficiency edge associated with its 5nm chip and Corex-A55 cores.
Instead, the Exynos 9110 is built on a 10nm process with two Cortex-A53 cores. This is similar to Snapdragon Wear 4100+, although Qualcomm’s chip is 12 nm, which in turn is less efficient. With the launch of the W920, Samsung described “CPU performance is about 20 percent and ten times better graphics performance than its predecessor.”
Google is probably using the older chip because the Pixel Watch project started some time ago. When early development began on the Pixel Watch, while the 9110 was new, it was based on Android 9 Pie before later switching to Android 11.
By the time the Exynos W920 was available — assuming Samsung actually sells it to third parties — the chipset swap may have delayed the Pixel Watch’s development and release, ensuring that core components have changed. As of what we know today, there is no indication that this will happen.
However, it’s a pity that the much-anticipated Pixel isn’t using the absolute latest specs after all this time. Exynos 9110 was first used on the original Samsung Galaxy Watchwhich was released in the third quarter of 2018. Also found in 2019 watch active And active 2as well Galaxy Watch 3 As of August 2020. Due to Tizen, no battery or performance comparisons can be made.
Of course, slides aren’t everything. So, we can even take a look at Google’s Pixel 6, which relies on its Tensor processor on a technically older chip compared to the latest Snapdragon offering. Equally important is how Google optimizes devices. The big question is how this old chip affects battery life. We previously reported that the Pixel Watch will have a profile 300 mAh battery.
For comparison, the Fossil Gen 6 has a similarly sized battery and chipset (though at 12nm) and is officially said to get 24 hours, which is What else we found. This is also on Wear OS 2, which is supposed to be less battery efficient. Another consideration is how Google somewhat implicit That the Snapdragon 4100+ isn’t enough to run Wear OS 3. Specifically, Google has stated – “in some limited cases” – that user experience on more than 4,100 watches on Wear OS 2 will be affected after the upgrade. It’s unclear if this affects the Pixel Watch in any way as it runs with Wear OS 3 out of the box and should be fully optimized.
The Pixel Watch should launch this fall with the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. Samsung will likely release a second-generation Wear OS device before then, and rumors have already stated that there will be Bigger batteryThat was a criticism compared to the Tizen wearables that came before. For those who want the latest and greatest specs, the supposed “Galaxy Watch 5” might be the better buy, at the expense of the Pixel Watch. However, Google software add-ons, such as Pixel phones, can provide an important counter, and the Pixel Watch is supposed to outpace health and fitness because of Fitbit.
Ben Sean and Kyle Bradshaw contributed to this post
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