Update: Google Pixel Watch price rocked — too high or just right?
We know the Google Pixel Watch is coming, but how much are you going to have to pay to get one? According to a new rumor 9to5Google (opens in a new tab), it could cost up to $399. Although that’s for the LTE model, which will almost certainly be more expensive of the two variants down the road.
The Pixel Watch is almost guaranteed to come in two distinct guises: one model with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and another with LTE connectivity, which is pretty normal for a smartwatch.
Unfortunately, 9to5Google didn’t reveal how much the Bluetooth model is likely to cost. However since the Fitbit Sense2which doesn’t have LTE connectivity, costs $299, we think the Bluetooth Pixel Watch will cost between there and $349.
Either way, $399 for the LTE model would put the Pixel Watch right between Apple and Samsung — the two biggest players in smartwatches right now. Apple Watch Series 7 prices start at $399, while LTE models start at a more expensive $499. During this time the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 with LTE starts at $329.
Of course, the actual crossover between people who should choose between a Pixel Watch and an Apple Watch is going to be pretty small. And Apple’s flagships aren’t exactly known for their affordability. Instead, Google should care more about Samsung, especially since the Galaxy Watch 5 runs on Google’s Wear OS 3 software.
So what can the Pixel Watch offer to try to entice people? Google has already confirmed that the watch will have Fitbit activity tracking, hopefully replacing the paltry Google Fit app. It was also said that the laptop will have the same health and fitness sensors (opens in a new tab) like those found on Fitbit Luxury and Fitbit Charge 5.
Speaking of hardware, the Pixel Watch is also rumored 1.5GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. That’s more than other Wear OS smartwatches, but also less than the Apple Watch 7. the battery is said to be 300 mAhand will need to be recharged daily, which is somewhat disappointing.
However, specs and hardware are only part of the package. If anything, Google needs to follow the lead of the Pixel smartphones and deliver something you can’t get on other Wear OS watches, whether it’s exclusive features or some type of experience. different than Samsung and others can’t match.
The bigger question is when the Pixel Watch is likely to launch. Although announced at Google I/O in May, Google promised that the watch would be launched alongside the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro “this fall”. 9to5Google reiterated this rumour, suggesting that, as the Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds ProGoogle will launch all three devices at the same time.
When that will be has yet to be officially revealed, but word is out. Google may hold Pixel 7 launch event on October 13. Expect them all to go on sale in the coming weeks.