Following a report of Google enlisting a faster and more power efficient Snapdragon W5 processor, it has been rumored (via 9to5Google) that Google's Pixel Watch 2 could sport a new chassis made from aluminum that is also thinner. The new material is set to replace the stainless steel sections while the bottom could retain the glass bits to accommodate sensors like ECG. However, the major benefit of the aluminum frame is seen to drastically reduce the weight of the Pixel Watch 2.
For reference's sake, the current Pixel Watch (review) weighs 36 grams without a strap, which is still heftier compared to the Fitbit Sense 2 (review) which was built using aluminum and tips the scales at 26 grams. On this note, it is possible that the internet search giant could shave a few grams off in the upcoming Pixel smartwatch.
Additionally, Google is set to incorporate new components as well, such as a lighter Gorilla Glass protection or a possibly redesigned internal segment to further reduce the overall weight. The improved efficiency found in Qualcomm's Snapdragon W5 chip could also help boost the watch's battery life without increasing the cell capacity.
Aside from the build materials and chipset, it remains unknown what the other improvements are within the watch. However, it would be logical for Google to introduce better health and fitness tracking capabilities, perhaps by introducing some Fitbit features like cEDA or extensive stress management.
Google has not officially announced the launch date for the Pixel Watch 2, but it is expected to be announced in the fall alongside the leaked Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones. There is also no word on the price of the Android-powered smartwatch.
Would you prefer to have a smartwatch with an aluminum chassis but with a lighter build than one with a stainless steel design? We'd like to hear your thoughts about this.