Outdated but it’s a watch, it should be more than enough.
During the Google I/O Keynotes, the company has revealed that it is working on a smartwatch but left with no details mentioned other than it will arrive in a few months, likely alongside the Pixel 7 series. It is expected, according to the rumor mill, that the watch will be using a rounded edge-to-edge touchscreen and FitBit services, as Google has recently acquired FitBit.
With no details to mention we can only rely on leaks. According to 9to5Google, the watch would be equipped with a 2018 Samsung Exynos 9110 chipset. In comparison, Samsung’s own Galaxy Watch4 is equipped with the more dated Exynos W920 platform. The Exynos 9110 chipset is built upon a 10nm process with two Cortex-A53 cores. Using a 2018 chipset on a 2022 smartwatch isn’t that alarming since smartwatches process less things than a smartphone.
The Exynos W920 is based on a 5nm process. If the Pixel Watch went with this chipset, it will be on par with the Galaxy Watch4 theoretically in terms of performance and the smaller manufacturing process also allows it to save more power.
One of the main theories why Google went with this is that the Pixel Watch has been in development for sometime now, back when the Exynos 9110 was still new, back when Android 9 Pie was the latest Android version. Switching to a newer chipset would further delay the release of the Pixel Watch.
Google can compensate by optimizing the chipset as well as the software inside the watch. The Tensor chip inside the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro is technically one generation behind the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 but it could compete with them directly if Google excellently manages the software in the new Pixel phones.