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WearOS and Fitbit features; is Google Pixel Watch worth all the wait?

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After much speculation and waiting, Google finally launched Pixel Watch in its ‘Made by Google’ event on Thursday. At first look, Pixel Watch appears to be a chic round shape smartwatch that has Fitbit features and comes in two variants: a Bluetooth variant that costs around $349 (roughly Rs 28,600) and an LTE variant that costs $399 (roughly Rs 32,700).  India-specific pricing is yet not clear.

Pixel Watch specifications

Pixel Watch

Talking about the physical features first, Pixel Watch features a round 3D glass dial with touch support. It comes only in one size: 41 mm, unlike its competitor Apple which offers two sizes. Google claims that the dial is made up of 80 per cent recycled stainless and has only one physical control button on the side. The AMOLED display features a peak brightness of 1,000 nits and a 320 PPI pixel density. The company claims that it can deliver a full day of battery life on a single charge.

Like most other smartwatches, Pixel Watch has a heart rate sensor along with an ECG sensor. Google has borrowed many useful features from its recently acquired Fitbit, which also specializes in making smartwatches.  Google along with the Fitbit team developed more accurate algorithms for overall health tracking that can even inform you about the best to take a rest and recover.

Pixel Watch comes with a daily readiness score feature, which is available on the Fitbit Charge 5. This feature is behind a paywall but customers will get six months of free Fitbit premium subscription. Users can download some third-party apps like Spotify and can check notifications from Google’s in-house apps like Maps and Gmail.

“The Pixel Watch with Fitbit gives you an accurate measurement of your heart rate continuously at once per second—whether you’re working out or at rest—while still maintaining an all-day battery life of up to 24 hours,” Google said at the launch event.

Pixel Watch is powered with Exynos 9110 chip, which has been used on Galaxy Watches as far back as 2018, and 2GB of RAM. If you buy an LTE version, you can use the smartwatch without a phone. Otherwise, you get  Wi-Fi (2.4GHz) and Bluetooth (5.0) connectivity, plus NFC for Google Pay (or other mobile payment services).

Lastly talking about the bands, you get a silicon “Active” band in the box. There are options to pick up other colors and other styles of bands like woven bands, metal bands, and leather bands. It has a 5ATM water resistance rating, which means you can wear it while swimming.

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