Google has chosen Taiwan’s Compal Electronics to produce the Pixel Watch in advance of its fall release, and we also learned today that it will have a USB-C charger.
Three FCC listings that surfaced on Wednesday, May 11, indicate this. Google synchronized the regulatory appearance of the Pixel Watch with its on-stage unveiling at I/O 2022, just as Apple has done in the past.
The model numbers correspond to the Bluetooth certification that was issued in April. We discover that the GQF4C only supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi whereas the GBZ4S and GWT9R also support LTE. The Pixel Watch is compatible with the following LTE bands, with the later model most likely being sold in the US:
LTE Bands 5 and 7, as well as LTE Bands 26 and GWT9R
the second LTE band Four LTE bands, five LTE bands, twelve LTE bands, thirteen LTE bands, twenty-five LTE bands, and seventy-one LTE bands.
The FCC ID will display as an e-label that can be accessed via Settings andgt; System andgt; Regulatory Information rather than being physically present on the Pixel Watch.
A fourth FCC ID ( G943M ) from the same day indicates that Compal should also be the company that makes the Pixel Watch charging cable. The Pixel Watch charger will have a USB-C port on the other end, which should make it a very simple magnetic puck. In contrast, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 and the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 continue to use USB-A. On Pixel 5 and later, you’ll probably be able to charge the watch using Battery Share, but there’s also the option of connecting the cord directly into a phone (or power source).
Along with Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics is a maker of the Apple Watch. Compal reportedly began producing wearable Apple products with the Series 1/2 in 2017 and has continued with since then . It should therefore have familiarity with smaller form factors, which should translate into better build quality.