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Google Pixel Watch Can Do Your ECG

Google just introduced its first smartwatch. The Google Pixel Watch runs with the in-house Wear OS and uses a Samsung SoC under a 1.2-inch OLED display with enormous luminosity. The LTE version is included with the purchase of a Pixel 7 Pro.

The Pixel Watch has finally been officially launched after months of teasers and leaks. The device has a classic round shape and has a cover made of scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, which covers practically the entire front with a diameter of 41 millimeters. Beneath it sits a relatively small but impressive display.

Google cheats on the display

The panel has a diameter of 1.2 inches and a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. It is curious that Google speaks of a 1.6-inch screen, but this corresponds to the entire diameter of the watch. In fact, the display has a border of around 5.5 millimeters, so it is comparatively small. The maximum brightness of the panel is quite impressive, given that it is specified as 1000 candela so the clock should also be easy to read outdoors.

Under the hood is the Samsung Exynos 9110, which was actually introduced in 2018 and is a dual-core ARM SoC that was also used in the Galaxy Watch 2. It is combined with two gigabytes of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash memory. The watch connects to the host device using Bluetooth 5.0, but a version with an integrated LTE modem can also be purchased if desired.

Fitness tracking Fitbit features

The Pixel Watch contains the usual sensors for determining heart rate, counting steps, and tracking various sporting activities. Since Google is now the owner of Fitbit, the first-pixel smartwatch was also equipped with all kinds of fitness functions, which should make it a loyal training companion. Thanks to the ECG function, heart health can even be monitored.

At 294mAh, the Pixel Watch’s battery isn’t exactly generously sized, although the case isn’t really flat at 12.3 millimeters thick either. Nevertheless, the running time of the approximately 36-gram heavy Google watch should be about two days, which of course depends on the type of use. The watch is waterproof up to 5 atmospheres. WearOS 3.5 is used as the operating system here, which is operated by Google with a number of optimized apps.

Google offers a large number of wristbands as accessories, with prices starting at around 50 euros being anything but cheap. The Google Pixel Watch costs 379 euros in the version without LTE. If you want the variant with an LTE modem, you have to shell out 429 euros. In the pre-order period that is now running, customers will receive a shopping voucher worth 50 euros when they buy the Pixel Watch from selected retailers such as Media Markt.

Perhaps even more attractive is that Google is adding the LTE version of the watch as a goodie for those who pre-order the Google Pixel 7 Pro. So you can buy the high-end smartphone for 899 euros and get the 4G version of the Pixel Watch, which normally costs 429 euros, for free.