Apparently, Google originally planned to launch its first smartwatch in 2018 alongside the Pixel 3, but things clearly didn’t go as planned. One disadvantage of that is that the The Pixel Watch may ship with a four-year-old chip.
Google made an official preview of the Pixel Watch during the I/O conference, confirming the rumored circular design, touch crown, customizable straps, and Fitbit integration. The company is saving the juicy details for the fall release.
Samsung and Google jointly developed the Tensor chip that powers the Mountain View giant’s latest phones and rumors said the Pixel Watch would be backed by a Samsung chip, leading many to assume it would feature the Exynos W920 chip that powers the Galaxy Watch 4 and 4 Classic, which are one of the best smartwatches of 2022
9to5Google has learned that this is not the case and that the Pixel Watch will be powered by the Exynos 9110 chip that Samsung launched in 2018.
The Exynos W920 is based on the most advanced 5nm process and also features newer Arm Corex-A55 cores, making it faster and more efficient than the 10nm Exynos 9110 with older Cortex-A53 cores. According to Samsung, the W920 provides 20 percent better CPU performance and 10 percent better graphics than the 9110.
The Exynos 9110 debuted in the 2018 Galaxy Watch and also powers the 2019 Watch Active and Active 2, and the 2020 Galaxy Watch 3.
While it’s certainly disappointing to hear that the Pixel Watch may have an older chip, knowing Google, we can expect a lot of improvements on the software side that may make up for an older chip to some extent. Furthermore, the watch will run Wear OS and Google has also promised a smooth experience.
Still, this is a disappointment, especially considering that Google has said it will be priced like a premium product and apparently the company was counting on that to hook users into its ecosystem.