The long-awaited Google Pixel Watch was finally unveiled at this year’s Google I/O, though the company was particularly wary of its specs. In fact, we haven’t heard much other than the fact that it was also going to be launched alongside the Pixel 7 series. Now, however, a new report from 9to5Google suggests it will pack the Exynos 9110, a chipset launched four years ago.
While it’s obviously frustrating that Google isn’t packing the latest Exynos W920 chipset into its first smartwatch, there are probably reasons for that. The most likely reason is that the Pixel Watch has been in development for a long time, long, weather. The company has been planning it since the very first Google Pixel smartphone, and rumors swirled again in 2018 ahead of the launch of the Pixel 3 series.
Considering all of this, it’s very possible that this will be developed on older hardware. because it’s technically an older device. Like 9to5Google reports, the Pixel Watch has started development on Android 9 Pie. If Google eventually switched to the Exynos W920, it could have delayed development even further.
All is not bad, however. The Exynos 9110 is built on a 10nm process, containing two Cortex-A53 cores. It means it’s After efficient than Qualcomm’s latest offering and will hopefully pair well with the reported 300mAh battery. For reference, Qualcomm’s latest wearable chip is the Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus, produced on a 12nm process and packing four Cortex-A53 cores.
Really, the only problem in the case of 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 launch sometime before the Pixel Watch. The Galaxy Watch 5 will probably contain, at a minimum, an Exynos W920, which means that it still beat the Exynos 9110, but probably not hugely in actual use.
While it would be nice to have the latest and greatest chipset in Google’s first smartwatch release, processors aren’t everything. We learned the same with the Google Pixel 6 series and how Google Tensor remained competitive against 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 achieve with an older chip.