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Pixel Watch 2 leak hints at a lighter build, new Fitbit features

Pixel Watch 2 could also sport a new redesigned Fitbit app with a new Discover page and reworked elements.

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It’s been a while since Google launched its first Wear OS-based smartwatch, the Google Pixel Watch. Now, it’s almost time for its successor to launch.

We haven’t heard much about the Pixel Watch 2, but a new leak sheds some light on what to expect.

According to 9to5Google, the watch is expected to launch alongside the Google Pixel 8 series at the next Google I/O. With this new leak, we have some new information about what to expect from the upcoming Google smartwatch, specifically its build.

The Pixel Watch 2 will apparently feature an aluminum frame instead of stainless steel.

The Pixel Watch 2 will be lighter, but that may not be a good thing 

Google Pixel Watch 2 is coming with Aluminum Body
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9to5Google‘s report claims the upcoming Google smartwatch will have an aluminum body instead of stainless steel, according to the publication’s sources.

The report states that the second Google smartwatch will weigh slightly less than the 36g of the original Pixel Watch thanks to the use of a lighter aluminum chassis.

Of course, when it comes to smartwatches, lesser weight generally translates to better comfort. However, it also means the new watch won’t come with a significant battery capacity improvement, as expected. 

Aluminum watches aren’t a new concept for Google since it owns Fitbit. The latest Fitbit trackers, Sense and Versa, both sport the same material. 

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The original Pixel Watch is already pretty slim in comparison to most smartwatches on the market, and the battery also lasts almost a day. However, previous rumors suggested that Google is planning to improve the battery life of the Pixel Watch 2 with the new Qualcomm chip.  

That said, this new leak completely debunks the older rumor. It appears the Pixel Watch 2 may very well stick to that old 294mAh battery.

Also, aluminum is softer, which could make the Watch 2 prone to scratches. Stainless steel is seen as a more premium material when it comes to electronics as well, so there’s that.

9to5Google also reports that besides the new aluminum frame, the Pixel Watch 2 could also sport a new redesigned Fitbit app with a new Discover page and reworked elements.

The news outlet has also stated that a new “Coach” branded workouts feature is also coming to the app and Fitbit Premium, which means you can expect the Watch 2 to have noticeable software improvements too.

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Saurav loves writing and tech. So, after engineering, he didn't look back and embarked on a journey to become a tech writer. Saurav has worked for various tech websites across the globe. Saurav has recently joined Know Techie and is proud to be a part of it.

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