Google Pixel Watch 2 release date, price, features, and news

The Pixel Watch 2, Google's latest and greatest smartwatch, is finally official and available for pre-order. And if you are a Pixel fan or just in the market for a new fancy smartwatch, you are probably thinking about whether Google's Pixel Watch 2 is the one you should get. Well, in this article, you will find everything you need to know about the latest Pixel Watch to help you decide whether the Pixel Watch 2 should enter your shortlist or not.

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Pixel Watch 2 release date

The Pixel Watch 2 was announced alongside the all-new Pixel 8 lineup during the Made by Google hardware event on October 4th and will hit the shelves on October 12.

Pixel Watch 2 price

The Bluetooth variant of the Pixel Watch 2 costs $349, while the LTE model will set you back $399. As you can see, Google is keeping the same prices as on the first-gen Pixel Watch.

Pixel Watch 2 storage options

Google's Pixel Watch 2 is available in only one storage option, and that is 32GB of storage space, just as its predecessor. 32GB is surely more than enough to house all of your favorite workout songs.

Pixel Watch 2 design

Design-wise, the Pixel Watch 2 looks like its predecessor. Its size is 41mm, and it's even available in the same colors as last year's model: Matte Black, Polished Silver, and Champagne Gold. However, unlike the previous model, which has a stainless steel chassis, the Pixel Watch 2 is made of recycled aluminum. Moreover, the crown is a tiny bit bigger, the second button is also slightly different, and the microphone cutout located on the other side has been repositioned.

Pixel Watch 2 display specs

The Pixel Watch 2 comes with the same 1.2-inch AMOLED display with 320ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and 1000 nits of brightness as the first-gen Pixel Watch.

Pixel Watch 2 battery size

Google's new Pixel Watch 2 sports a 306mAh battery, which is 4.1% larger than the 294mAh power cell found on the OG Pixel Watch. According to Google, the Pixel Watch 2 offers 24 hours of battery life with the always-on display feature turned on. We need to test whether this claim is accurate, but if it is, this would be a significant upgrade compared to the first-gen Pixel Watch, which offers up to 24 hours of battery life.

Pixel Watch 2 features and software

The Pixel Watch 2 runs on Wear OS 4 and comes with Fitbit integration and all the bells and whistles that the first-gen Pixel Watch has to offer. In addition to that, the watch sports a temperature sensor, just like the Apple Watch Series 8 and the Galaxy Watch 5.

Google's new Pixel Watch 2 also has a new multi-path heart rate sensor, which should provide more accurate heart rate and sleep tracking and high and low heart rate warnings. The watch also supports Fitbit's Daily Readiness Score, which is a feature that lets you know whether you should work out today or take a day off from the gym.

There is also a Stress Management functionality on board, which lets the Pixel Watch 2 prompt you to log your current mood and activity and do a breathing exercise when it detects signs of stress. 

Additionally, the watch packs a new Safety Check functionality, a "Get home safe" kind of feature, which lets you set a timer for how long you would need to come home. If you are not home and miss checking in before the time expires, it will activate another new Emergency Sharing feature, which will share your location with your emergency contact.

Pixel Watch 2 hardware and specs

Google's Pixel Watch 2 comes equipped with a Snapdragon W5 Gen 1. The chip was released in July 2022 and is much more powerful than the older Exynos 9110 silicon that powers the first-gen Pixel Watch. Furthermore, the Pixel Watch 2 packs 2GB of RAM. 

Should you buy the Pixel Watch 2?

  • You should buy the Pixel Watch 2 if you want that Fitbit integration and want to be part of Google's ecosystem. The watch supposedly has a better chip and battery life. It also packs more safety features and a few new fitness-tracking functionalities compared to the previous model. Of course, we must test the watch to be sure, but it sounds pretty awesome on paper.

  • You should not buy the Pixel Watch 2 if you are an iPhone user. Google's smartwatches don't work with Apple's iPhones, so you should probably turn your gaze to one of Apple's brand-new smartwatches if you are rocking an iPhone.

Also, although the Fitbit app has a lot to offer and you will get Fitbit Premium for free for 6 months when purchasing a Pixel Watch 2, you will still need to pay $10 per month in order to use the full list of features after the trial period. So if you are a core fitness enthusiast who doesn't want to pay a subscription fee in order to keep better track of their health, you should go with a Garmin smartwatch instead.
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