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).
- Supposedly, the smartwatch will also support cellular connectivity instead of just relying on your phone for connectivity.
- Google is expected to show off the wearable 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 a bunch of leaked photos taken at 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 pack a 300mAh battery. This makes sense given that the device’s thick body, presumably 14mm thick, allows more room to accommodate a larger battery.
However, it’s unclear if this battery capacity will be shared by all the rumored Pixel Watch variants. But it’s a safe bet that this particular battery capacity will be available in the 40mm model spotted in a restaurant in the US a few days ago.
If this is true, the Pixel Watch will outperform some of the best Android smartwatches of its size. The 40mm version of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 packs a 247mAh battery, which the company says can last up to 40 hours. However, based on our review, it can usually stay on for about 24 hours, though your mileage may vary based on usage.
It should be noted that the life 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 cellular connectivity, meaning it won’t be dependent on a smartphone for connectivity. Whether this will be consistent across its various models is unknown, but it will almost certainly be available on at least one.
The Pixel Watch was recently rumored to cost between $300 and $400, which is the same price range as the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. This implies that Google is serious about going after Samsung in the wearable market.
We’ll likely learn more about the first Made by Google smartwatch when the Mountain View giant kicks off its I/O 2022 event on May 11.