The long-awaited Google Pixel Watch was finally unveiled at this year’s Google I/O, though the company has been particularly coy with its specs. We haven’t actually heard much, apart from the fact that it would also launch alongside the Pixel 7 series. But now a new report from 9to5Google suggests it will pack the Exynos 9110, a chipset that launched four years ago.
While it’s obviously frustrating that Google isn’t cramming the latest Exynos W920 chipset into its first smartwatch, there are likely reasons for that. The most likely reason is that the Pixel Watch has been in development for a long time, long, Time. The company has been planning it since the very first Google Pixel smartphone, and the rumors picked up steam again in 2018 ahead of the launch of the Pixel 3 series.
Given all of this, it’s very likely that this will be developed on older hardware there It’s technically an older device. When 9to5Google Pixel Watch development reportedly began on Android 9 Pie. If Google eventually switched to the Exynos W920, it could have delayed development even further.
But it’s not all bad. The Exynos 9110 is based on a 10 nm process and contains two Cortex-A53 cores. That means it is more more efficient than Qualcomm’s latest offering and will hopefully play well with the reported 300mAh battery. For reference, Qualcomm’s latest wearable chip is the Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus, which is manufactured on a 12nm process and packs four Cortex-A53 cores.
The only problem with the Pixel Watch really is that it probably won’t compete with Samsung’s best, as a Galaxy Watch 5 series is expected to launch before the Pixel Watch at some point. The Galaxy Watch 5 will likely feature at least one Exynos W920, meaning it will quiet beat the Exynos 9110, although probably not by a huge amount in real-world use.
While it would be nice to have the latest and greatest chipset in Google’s first leading smartwatch foray, processors aren’t everything. That’s what we learned from the Google Pixel 6 series and how Google Tensor, despite being based on a theoretically weaker Exynos chipset, remained competitive thanks to Google’s optimizations compared to the current chipset generation. We’ll wait and see if the rumors are true and if so, what Google can do with an older chip.