Google Pixel Watch 2 comes with sensors sensitive enough to track your stress levels
At the Made by Google event, one of the expected announcements was that of the Google Pixel Watch 2.
Google says that the Pixel Watch 2 comes with all-new health sensors, its best heart rate tracking, enhanced personal safety features, and significant performance upgrades, all while delivering a full-day’s battery life. Users can get deeper health insights, new stress management tools, as well as new fitness tracking tools from Fitbit.
The Google Pixel Watch 2 will come in two sizes, three different coloured cases and four bands. Coming in small and large, they will be available in a Matte Black Aluminium Case with an Obsidian Active Band, Polished Silver Aluminium Case with a Bay Active Band, a Polished Silver Aluminium Case with a Porcelain Active Band, and a Champagne Gold Aluminium Case and a Hazel Active Band. Made from 100% recycled aluminium, there is a Haptic crown and a button on the right side of the smartwatch.
Both smartwatches come powered by a Qualcomm SW5100 and a Cortex M33 co-processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Plus, they sport an Always-on display, Custom 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5, a 1.2-inch 320 ppi AMOLED display with DCI-P3 colour, a brightness boost of up to 1000 nits, and IP68 water and dust resistance. As we said earlier, you can get 24 hours of battery life with the 306mAh battery and users can enjoy a full day of charge in just 75 minutes.
In terms of connectivity options, the Google Pixel Watch 2 comes with 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, and NFC.
Getting to a healthier you
Building the original Pixel Watch’s use of Fitbit health sensors, the Pixel Watch 2 now has Fitbit's most accurate heart rate sensor so it can track your heart rate all day, every day, even during vigorous exercise. With more accurate heart rate tracking, you get Google's best insight into foundational health metrics, from Active Zone Minutes to body-response tracking and heart health. And if you need more relaxation, the Pixel Watch 2 also comes with Fitbit's most advanced stress-management features so you can learn how your body responds to potential stress or excitement, you can understand potential patterns and learn to make meaningful changes to your lifestyle.
Love exercise? Well, you don’t need to manually start and stop your run as the Pixel Watch 2 has automatic workout start and stop reminders that can detect seven common workouts, including running, outdoor cycling, and more. Plus, with apps like Pace Training, you get cues to help you stay on pace or get back to your ideal pace if you've fallen behind.
Enhanced Google apps
Interaction with Google apps like Gmail and Calendar are even more seamless and allow for the easy management of your agenda and inbox. the At a Glance watch face complication delivers contextually relevant information when you need it, like the weather each morning and the traffic conditions on the way to your next destination.
Safety Check makes its way over from the Pixel phone 7 and helps ensure your loved ones know what you’re up to, from a late-night walk to an early-morning run. Choose an activity and set a timer for when you expect to arrive at your destination. Then, select up to 15 emergency contacts to send a text to, alerting them that you’ve started a Safety Check for a particular activity. If you don’t check in once the timer is up, another text will be sent to your emergency contacts along with your current location on Google Maps.
Pricing and availability
The Pixel Watch 2 is priced at S$525 for the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi model with no pricing being made available for the 4G LTE model. We will update this article with the relevant information when we receive it.
The smartwatch also comes with a six-month free trial of Fitbit Premium membership along with a one-month trial of YouTube Music Premium, and a one-year warranty. It will be available for purchase from 9am on 12 October onwards from retail partners Challenger and Singtel, and online partners Amazon.sg and Shopee.
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