Google Pixel Watch 2 Reported to Switch to Aluminium From Stainless Steel

It is not a huge change but should make the Pixel Watch 2 feel relatively lighter than the original Pixel Watch.

  • The current-gen Pixel Watch is made of stainless steel material.
  • Switching to aluminium is expected to make the smartwatch lighter.
  • Google may also release Fitbit Coach workouts alongside the new smartwatch.

Google has been making smartphones for quite a long time but is fairly new to the smartwatch space. Its first-gen Pixel Watch went official just last year and now, the wait is on for the successor. The new model is expected to bring improvements and fix issues seen in the first attempt. A new leak has surfaced that claims one of the noticeable changes will be in the choice of material.

Pixel Watch 2 Material Choice Leaks

A new 9to5Google report has mentioned Google has opted for aluminium for the upcoming Pixel 2 smartwatch. It cites anonymous sources for the claim but did not offer any concrete proof to back the claim. Nevertheless, the change is expected to make the smartwatch feel relatively lighter.

Google currently uses stainless steel for the Pixel Watch. It weighs about 36 grams without straps which is heavier than many other wearables you can get on the market. For example, the Fitbit Sense 2 weighs just about 26 grams without a strap. This could be the reason team decided to go for a different material which is lightweight. However, it would be less durable than stainless steel.

The report further adds Fitbit is preparing for the release of Coach-branded workouts. These are expected to be similar to workouts that users already get with Fitbit Premium. The change is mostly related to the branding and is expected to get official alongside the Pixel Watch 2.

Pixel Watch 2: What Else Do We Know?

The Google Pixel Watch 2 is expected to continue to arrive in two variants, one with WiFi-only connectivity and one with LTE. These two are said to be internally codenamed Eos and Aurora. Both these names are for the goddess of dawn in Greek and Roman mythology respectively.

The overall Pixel Watch 2 is expected to stay the same as the Pixel Watch for the most part. So far, no leaks have suggested any major shift in the design. It means we will see the same domed display design featuring a rotating digital crown.

Google is widely rumoured to replace the Exynos processor with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It is expected to be the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 processor which is based on a 4nm manufacturing process. The change is expected to deliver a significant boost to the smartwatch’s battery life. This would be a major improvement as the most common complaint among Pixel Watch users has been about the poor battery life.

The upcoming Pixel Watch 2 is expected to get official at the same launch event as the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones. Exact specifications and pricing details about the Pixel Watch 2 are currently unknown but we will make sure to keep you posted as those details will become public.