Doomed before launch? Pixel Watch may come with a very old chip

Google was apparently originally planning to release its first smartwatch in 2018 alongside the Pixel 3, but things clearly didn’t go to plan. A disadvantage of this is that the The Pixel Watch may come with a four-year-old chip.

Google has officially previewed the Pixel Watch at the I/O conference, confirming the supposed circular design, touchscreen crown, customizable wristbands and Fitbit integration. The company is saving the juicy details for the fall launch.

Samsung and Google jointly developed the Tensor chip that powers the Mountain View giant’s latest phones and rumors had it that the Pixel Watch would be backed by a Samsung chip, leading many to speculate that it would feature the Exynos W920 chip that powers the Galaxy Watch 4 and 4 Classic, which are one of the best smartwatches of 2022.

9to5Google learned that is not the case and that the Pixel Watch will instead be powered by the Exynos 9110 chip that Samsung launched in 2018.

the Exynos W920 is based on the more advanced 5nm process and also has new Arm Corex-A55 cores, which makes it faster and more power efficient than the 10nm Exynos 9110 with older Cortex-A53 cores. According to Samsung, the W920 offers 20% better CPU performance and 10% better graphics than the 9110.

The Exynos 9110 debuted on the 2018 Galaxy Watch and also powers the 2019 Watch Active and Active 2, and the 2020 Galaxy Watch 3.

While it’s certainly disappointing to hear that the Pixel Watch may feature an older chip, knowing Google, we can expect a lot of software-side improvements that can compensate for an older chip to some extent. Also, the watch will run on Wear OS and Google has also promised a smooth experience.

Either way, it’s a bummer, especially since Google said it would be priced as a premium product, and the company was apparently counting on it to hook users to its ecosystem.

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