The timer is counting down to the launch of the Google Pixel Watch (and the Pixel 7 series), due on October 6, but that hasn’t stopped the flow of leaks in the meantime; with one of the latest addressing one of the watch’s least talked about features: battery life.
This latest Pixel Watch reveal, allegedly sourced from a Taiwanese cell phone carrier and later circulated in a Telegram channel “Google News” (opens in new tab)includes what appears to be official press images detailing various aspects of the Pixel Watch, including box contents and key features.
Within those feature details, there’s mention of the Pixel Watch’s Gorilla Glass-protected front, Fitbit integration, box contents, and more. But paired with a photo of the Pixel Watch on its charger (a plastic magnetic charger with a USB-C connection, it seems) is word of the battery longevity that Google’s debut smartwatch is reportedly promising: claiming to last 24 hours. .
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While fitness trackers and multisport watches like Garmin promise battery life in terms of days, feature-rich smartwatches with color LCDs or OLED screens and smooth UI animation – like the latest Apple Watch 8 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 – usually quote in terms of hours.
The new Apple Watch Ultra is Apple’s smartwatch battery champion right now, promising between 36 and 60 hours of life (depending on the use case), Samsung’s latest Watch 5 adds a promised ten hours over its predecessor ( total of 50 hours) and the Apple Watch 8 offers the same quoted 18-hour lifespan as last year’s Apple Watch 7.
Analysis: Does 24 Hours Really Mean All Day?
If this leak is in the money, the promise of 24-hour usage per charge puts the Pixel Watch in the middle of the pack – based on its supposed rivals Apple and Samsung, however, regardless of what the numbers say, 24-hours can not be as long in real world use.
Despite a 13% year-over-year increase in battery capacity, the 2022 Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is still only for everyday use, with our review stating that “you’ll need a charge every 24 hours” and that comes from a watch that quotes a 50 hour battery life.
With the Pixel Watch promising less than half of that and believed to be relying on the same 5nm Exynos W920 chipset as the Galaxy Watch 4 and 5, if its power demands and power management are anything like Samsung’s, the actual lifespan Pixel Watch’s battery might be its biggest weakness.
While there’s little else to discover about the Pixel Watch at this late stage, we’ll have to wait until Thursday, October 6th for final details, and then for a full range of tests from our review process to establish if this one is as good as it gets. long-awaited tech watch is worthy of a place among the best smartwatches out there.