The long-awaited Google Pixel Watch was finally unveiled at this year’s Google I / O, although the company was very cautious about its specifications. We have not actually heard much, other than the fact that it was going to be released in parallel with the Pixel 7 series. But now, a new report from 9to5Google suggests packing the Exynos 9110, a chipset released four years ago.
While it’s obviously disappointing that Google is not packing the latest Exynos W920 chipset into its first smartwatch, there are possible reasons. The most likely reason is that the Pixel Watch has been in development for a long time, long, time. The company designed it from the first Google Pixel smartphone and the rumors started to erupt again in 2018 before the release of the Pixel 3 series.
Given all this, it is very likely to grow on older material because technically it is an older device. As 9to5Google reports, the Pixel Watch has started development on Android 9 Pie. If Google finally changed to the Exynos W920, it could delay development even further.
Not everything is bad, though. The Exynos 9110 is built on a 10nm process, with two Cortex-A53 cores. That means it is more efficient from the latest Qualcomm offer and we hope it will combine nicely with the mentioned 300 mAh battery. For reference, Qualcomm’s latest wearable chip is the 12 nm Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus, which includes four Cortex-A53 cores.
Really, the only problem with the Pixel Watch is that it probably won’t be able to compete with Samsung’s best, with a Galaxy Watch 5 series expected to be released sometime before the Pixel Watch. The Galaxy Watch 5 will probably have at least one Exynos W920 which means it will be yet surpassed the Exynos 9110, though probably not much in the real world.
While it would be nice to have the latest and greatest chipset in Google’s first flagship smartwatch output, processors are not everything. We learned so much about the Google Pixel 6 series and how Google Tensor remained competitive with the current generation of chipsets thanks to Google optimizations, despite being based on a theoretically weaker Exynos chipset. We’ll wait to see if the rumors are true and if so, what Google can do with an older chip.