New reports point to the battery capacity and cellular connectivity possibilities for the incoming wearable. It’s been a busy few days for leaks around the Google Pixel Watch, and it doesn’t appear like they’ll stop anytime soon.
The first item of conjecture is that the Pixel Watch would come with a 300mAh battery packed in, according to sources speaking to 9to5Google. The 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 has a 247mAh battery, whereas the 42mm Fossil Gen 6 has a 300mAh battery for comparison with other Wear OS watches.
Both watches run Wear OS, which the Pixel Watch is expected to do, and both have a battery life of around 24 hours (depending of course on how much you use them). As a result, it appears that the Pixel Watch will survive for around a day between charges.
Connecting the dots
This insider also revealed that at least one of the Pixel Watch variants will feature cellular connectivity. In other words, you’ll be able to use the smartwatch to go online and make calls without having to bring your phone with you.
We learned a few days ago that the Pixel Watch might come in three different models. While it’s unclear what the distinctions will be, they’ll most likely revolve around size or features. One of the features that only some of the models may have is cellular connectivity.
We saw photographs of what was said to be a Pixel Watch in the wild less than a week ago after it was left behind – presumably by a Google employee – at a restaurant. The device is likely to make its debut at Google IO 2022, which kicks off on May 11.
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It appears that the Google Pixel Watch’s battery would last approximately a day between charges, which isn’t surprising given that many of the top models on the market, including the massively popular Apple Watch, offer similar battery life.
Though manufacturers are definitely working within the limits of the form type, we can’t help but feel that these wearables deserve a longer battery life. If you fail to charge your smartwatch overnight, you’ll be in trouble the next day unless you can find a power outlet and sit near it for an hour or two.
To get around the one-day battery limit, some smartwatch manufacturers have gone with monochrome screens and the option to charge using solar power. If you’re judicious about what you use it for, a device like the Garmin Instinct Solar can run for weeks between charges.
However, it doesn’t appear like the Google Pixel Watch will be particularly notable in terms of battery life. If it wants to get customers to buy it, it’ll have to rely on other features to stand out, such as Google Assistant integration.