Ever since Evan Blass tweeted that Google would be announcing a Pixel Watch at their ‘Made by Google’ event later this year, there hasn’t been much more information. Now Roland Quandt over at WinFuture has shed some light on the Pixel Watch – or should we say Pixel Watches.
According to Quandt, there will be three models announced, codenamed “Ling”, “Triton” and “Sardine” in keeping with Google’s proclivity for using fish, or at least marine animal based names as codenames for their hardware.
The three models will be utilising the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform with at least 1GB of RAM. Though Qualcomm hasn’t announced the SD Wear 3100 officially, Quandt says the chipset will be based on the same 28nm manufacturing process as the existing SD Wear 2100 platform.
Traditionally, using a smaller manufacturing process improves power management, however Qualcomm has managed this instead with a new power management IC called PMW3100, as well as a lower power processor called ‘BlackGhost’ that will function while the main quad-core processor is in low power mode. Blackghost will allow the watch to respond to commands such as calling Google Assistant and displaying information on the ‘always-on’ display.
In terms of features, the models could include GPS, LTE with VoLTE support, Bluetooth including apt-X and WLAN as well as a pedometer and heart rate monitor, though the models may vary in configurations.
There’s no real information on what the watches will actually look like at this stage, but with three models you could possibly see at least two different sizes as well as have LTE/non-LTE models available.
Google has not yet announced when its next ‘Made by Google’ event will be, though based on the last two years we would expect it to be on or around the 4th of October. Google has a long way to go to make Wear OS a real winner as a platform, so the question is whether Pixel branded watches are enough to really do it?
Are you interested in a Pixel Watch?