Google Pixel Watch price is estimated at $349 – and it might be worth it

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The price of Google Pixel Watch has been a major subject of speculation since the company unveiled its first smartwatch last May. As Google’s hardware event on October 6 approaches, you might be wondering what the rumors say about the cost of the Pixel Watch.

To be clear, there is no confirmed price for Google Pixel Watch as of now. We’ll learn pricing and availability information at the aforementioned Google event next month. But that hasn’t stopped a flurry of pricing rumors from surfacing and suggesting the smartwatch’s MSRP.

The latest of these rumors comes from 9to5Google (opens in a new tab), with an anonymous retail source claiming that the Google Pixel Watch will start at $349.99 for the GPS-only model. Pricing for the Google Pixel Watch with LTE, meanwhile, should start at $399.99.

This information actually lines up with price rumors we heard for the Pixel Watch before it premiered at Google I/O 2022 in May. Yogesh Brar (opens in a new tab) tweeted that the Pixel Watch would cost between $300 and $400. An earlier rumor also claimed that Pixel Watch comes with a $400 price tag.

Google Pixel Watch price – what we hope to see

Still, the Pixel Watch’s alleged price is surprising when you consider how Google prices its other hardware. Flagship Pixel smartphones are generally more affordable than the competition; for example, the iPhone 14 starts at $799 while the Google Pixel 6 starts at $599 (although it will soon be replaced by the Google Pixel 7.)

In the $300-$400 price bracket, the Pixel Watch appears to be more affordable than the Apple Watch Series 8 and simultaneously more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.

Google also owns Fitbit, and its upcoming Fitbit Sense 2 will sell for $299; of course, this laptop doesn’t have an LTE or cellular connectivity option. This makes me wonder if, for a higher price, the Pixel Watch will be as complete as the second-gen Sense.

At least that’s what I would like to see. If the Google Pixel Watch does eventually arrive at the supposed starting price of $349, hopefully it has the features offered by the best smartwatches at a similar cost. The Apple Watch, Galaxy Watch, and Fitbit smartwatches have brought several incremental improvements — as a newcomer, the Pixel Watch will likely have to catch up.

Some potential features that come to mind are a blood oxygen sensor, always-on display, mobile payment, fall detection, music storage, voice commands, and in-depth workout tracking. As a Wear OS 3 smartwatch, the Pixel Watch will also need to have plenty of Google services and a wide selection of apps through the Play Store. ECG, body composition analysis or a skin temperature reader would also be helpful.

Google Pixel Watch Outlook

I admit that I am skeptical of a first-generation device. But who knows? With help from Fitbit in-house and some guidance from a Wear OS partnership with Samsung, the Pixel Watch could impress.

We will have a better idea if this is the case on October 6th.

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