Google formally announced on Wednesday that it was producing a Pixel Watch, but the preview that was made available lacked particular details because the device won’t be available for several months. 9to5 Google has now discovered that the Exynos chip used to power the Samsung Galaxy Watch from 2018 also powers the Pixel Watch.

A source claims that the Samsung processor used in Google’s Pixel Watch, code-named Exynos 9110 , was first released in August 2018.

We stated in late 2017 that a Samsung chipset was most likely being used in the Pixel Watch. Many people believed that Google would use the recently released Exynos W920 seen in the Galaxy Watch 4. The Pixel Watch would have benefited from the most recent performance and efficiency brought on by a 5 nm CPU and Corex-A55 cores if this had happened.

Instead, the Exynos 9110 has two Cortex-A53 cores and is constructed using a 10nm technology. This is comparable to the Snapdragon Wear 4100, despite the latter’s 12nm Qualcomm chip’s lower efficiency. With the release of the W920, Samsung’s touted CPU performance increased by about 20%, while its graphics performance increased by ten times.

Given the long history of the Pixel Watch project, Google is most likely still utilizing the older processor. The Pixel Watch was based on Android 9 Pie when early development began, when the 9110 was still a new device, before transitioning to Android 11 later.

Switching chipsets might have caused too much delay in the development and introduction of the Pixel Watch by the time the Exynos W920 was available, assuming Samsung is already selling to third parties, to justify a fundamental component change. There is nothing to suggest that is happening as per the current state of our knowledge.

However, it’s unfortunate that this eagerly anticipated Pixel smartphone doesn’t include the most recent technology. The initial Samsung Galaxy Watch, which was released in Q3 2018, included the Exynos 9110. It can also be found on the 2019 Watch Active and Active 2 as well as the August 2020 release of the Galaxy Watch 3. Tizen prevents performance or battery comparisons from being made.

The chipset is obviously not everything. We can also look at Google’s own Pixel 6 for instance, which based its Tensor processor on an older chip than the most recent Snapdragon models. How Google optimizes the hardware is also crucial. How this outdated chip affects battery life is the key question. The 300mAh battery of the Pixel Watch was previously mentioned.

Comparatively speaking, the Fossil Gen 6 is claimed to last 24 hours and features a similarly sized battery and chipset (albeit at 12nm), which is what we’ve also discovered. That also applies to Wear OS 2, which is said to be less battery-efficient. Another thing to think about is how Google somewhat implied claims that Wear OS 3 cannot be run on the Snapdragon 4100. Google specifically stated that the user experience on the current Wear OS 2 4100 watches may be impaired in a small number of situations after the upgrade. The Pixel Watch launches with Wear OS 3 out of the box and should be completely optimized, so it’s unclear how this affects it in any way.

Google’s 9TO5 Along with the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, the Pixel Watch should debut this fall. Before then, it’s likely that Samsung will unveil its second-generation Wear OS gadget. Rumors already suggest that it will have a larger battery than the Tizen wearables that came before it, which was a point of contention. To the detriment of the Pixel Watch, the anticipated Galaxy Watch 5 might be the better choice for those looking for the very latest and finest specifications. Nevertheless, Google’s software enhancements, such as those found on Pixel phones, could offer a substantial counter, and the Pixel Watch is likely to shine in terms of health and fitness thanks to Fitbit.

This article was contributed to by Kyle Bradshaw and Ben Schoon.
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