The long-awaited Google Pixel watch has finally been unveiled at Google I / O this year, although the company has been particularly careful with its specifications. In fact, I haven’t heard much other than the fact that it was going to be released with the Pixel 7 series. But now, a new report from 9to5Google suggests that it will include the Exynos 9110, a chipset that was launched four years ago.
While it’s obviously frustrating that Google doesn’t pack the latest Exynos W920 chipset into its first smartwatch, there are probably reasons why. The most likely reason is that Pixel Watch has been in development for a long time, long, time. The company has been planning it since the first Google Pixel smartphone, and the rumors took off again in 2018, before the launch of the Pixel 3 series.
Given all this, it is very possible that it will be developed on older hardware because technically it is an older device. I would 9to5Google reports, Pixel Watch has begun development on Android 9 Pie. If Google had finally switched to the Exynos W920, it could have further delayed development.
Not bad at all, though. Exynos 9110 is built on a 10 nm process, wrapping two Cortex-A53 cores. That means it is More more efficient than Qualcomm’s latest offering and we hope it will pair nicely with the reported 300 mAh battery. For reference, Qualcomm’s latest portable chip is the Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus, produced on a 12 nm process and with four Cortex-A53 cores.
Indeed, the only problem with 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. Galaxy Watch 5 will pack at least one Exynos W920, which means it will have yet has surpassed the Exynos 9110, though probably not by a huge amount in real-world use.
While it would be nice to have the latest and greatest chipset in the first release of smart watches from Google, processors are not everything. I learned as much with the Google Pixel 6 series and how Google Tensor remained competitive with the current generation of chipsets due to Google optimizations, despite the fact that it was based on a theoretically weaker Exynos chipset. We’ll wait and see if the rumors are true and, if so, what Google can do with an older chip.