The Pixel Watch 2 is here, and while it might not have received a complete fashion makeover on the outside, it's got new business under the hood. This second-gen smartwatch includes a fresh processor, a sensor setup, extra safety features, heart rate zone training for the fitness buffs, and the star of the show, Wear OS 4. Oh, and even though the battery capacity remains at 306mAh, Google's claiming you'll get a solid 24 hours of battery life, even if you keep that always-on display on. Time to wear and watch!
Instead of the old Exynos 9110, it's packing a new Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 chip – a 4nm processor that's said to be snappier and more efficient. Plus, it's got a 1.2-in circular OLED display with a resolution of 384 x 384 pixels.
Google has added a skin temperature sensor and a continuous electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor into the mix. These high-tech gizmos team up to bring you proactive stress tracking, a feature Fitbit users are already familiar with from their Sense 2. The EDA sensor goes Sherlock Holmes on your sweat (yes, really) to gauge your stress levels, combining this data with other metrics like heart rate variability, heart rate, and skin temperature. So, when your body's feeling the stress, you'll get a heads-up notification and a gentle nudge to jot down how it all made you feel.
The Pixel Watch 2 can also automatically log the beginning and end of seven different activities, from runs to outdoor cycling. Plus, the workout screen is getting a stylish makeover for better readability and more info at a glance. So you can level up your fitness game with heart rate zone training, complete with voice and haptic feedback. And there's the brand-new Pace Training mode also.
Google is levelling up your safety game with the Pixel Watch 2. Imagine you're in an Uber, and you set a timer for when you should arrive home. If that time rolls around and you haven't confirmed your well-being, the watch will step in. It'll nudge you to check in, and if you don't respond, it won't hesitate to share your real-time location with your emergency contacts. The best part is you don't even need the LTE version for this Safety Signal feature.
Google is also rolling out new watch faces inspired by the Material You design language, and there's even a handy "At a glance" complication to keep you in the know about your day. You can pre-order the Pixel Watch 2 today, starting at ₹39,900. Choose from a range of colours – silver and blue, silver and white, all-black, or gold and hazel.