A new report sheds the first light on the Google Pixel Watch 2, which will start in fall alongside the Pixel 8 series. According to this report, Google’s second-generation smartwatch will move from Samsung’s Exynos chipsets to the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 platform.
We do not yet know whether it will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 chip or the slightly more powerful Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 version. Either way, these are 4 Nm processors with four Cortex-A53 cores. A significant improvement over the Samsung Exynos 9110 of the first Pixel Watch and its 10 Nm transistors. Also, the 9110 only has two Cortex-A53 cores. The Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 also has a dedicated ultra-low power co-processor for a more efficient always-on display and other features.
The more powerful hardware should give the Google Pixel Watch 2 a significantly longer battery life compared to its predecessor. However, with the 5 Nm W920 chips of the Galaxy Watch4 and Watch5 generation, Samsung now has significantly more power to offer. And even more is rumored to be on the way. How much more Samsung will reveal with the Exynos W980, which should power the Galaxy Watch6 series.
The other big improvement, according to the report, is the adoption of the Fitbit Sense 2’s dedicated health sensors. These include a cEDA (Continuous Electrodermal Activity) sensor for stress tracking and a skin temperature sensor.