Excitement is building as Google prepares to launch the Pixel Watch 3 alongside the Pixel 9 series this October. Thanks to new leaks, we now have an exclusive first look at the upcoming smartwatch, revealing both the design and some intriguing details about its features. As Google aims to carve out a larger share of the wearable tech market, it’s interesting to compare the Pixel Watch 3 with Samsung’s soon-to-be-released Galaxy Watch 7 and Galaxy Watch Ultra.

The leaked renders and a 360-degree video showcase a familiar aesthetic with some notable tweaks. While retaining the circular, bezel-less display and rotating crown of its predecessor, the Pixel Watch 3 appears slightly thicker. According to renders, the design changes are subtle but significant. The watch will feature a 1.2-inch display, the same size as the Pixel Watch 2, but with slightly thinner bezels, which should offer a more refined look and possibly a better viewing experience.


One of the key updates is the Pixel Watch 3’s increased thickness, now measuring 14mm compared to the Pixel Watch 2’s 12.3mm. This increase is likely due to a larger 307mAh battery, up from 304mAh in the previous model. Despite the minimal increase in battery capacity, this change might indicate new internal components or sensors, contributing to the overall thicker profile.

Another notable development is the introduction of two size options, a first for the Pixel Watch series. While the exact dimensions of the larger model remain unspecified, the standard size measures 40.79 x 40.73 x 14mm. This suggests a possible “Pixel Watch 3 Pro” variant, catering to those who prefer a larger watch face. This is in line with previous reports of a potential 45mm model.


Comparisons with Samsung Galaxy Watch 7

The Pixel Watch 3’s October release is set to coincide with Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event next month, where the company will unveil the Galaxy Watch 7 and Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra. This sets the stage for an exciting rivalry between two tech giants in the smartwatch arena. While the Pixel Watch 3 promises a refined design and potential hardware upgrades, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 7 series will offer a wider range of options.

The Galaxy Watch 7 will be available in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, mirroring the size options of the Galaxy Watch 6. This variety provides consumers with more choices to suit their preferences.

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 7 is set to feature Armor Aluminum 2 with a Sapphire Crystal display, offering durability typically reserved for Apple’s high-end models. The Galaxy Watch 7 will maintain its 5ATM and IP68 water resistance, along with MIL-STD-810H certification, ensuring it can withstand harsh conditions. The battery capacities will remain the same as the Galaxy Watch 6, with 300mAh for the 40mm model and 425mAh for the 44mm model. This puts the Pixel Watch 3’s 307mAh unit in direct competition with the base Galaxy Watch 7.

Leaked Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra render

The most significant upgrade in the Galaxy Watch 7 is the new 3nm processor, promising enhanced performance and power efficiency. As reports, Samsung is also doubling the storage to 32GB and boosting peak brightness to 2,000 nits, making it a formidable competitor in the smartwatch market.

The Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra, Samsung’s response to the Apple Watch Ultra, will feature a 47mm titanium case and an impressive 3,000 nits peak brightness. With its 10ATM water resistance and larger 590mAh battery, the Ultra model is designed for those seeking a rugged and powerful smartwatch.

Both the Google Pixel Watch 3 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 series are set to make waves in the wearable tech industry. With Google addressing previous critiques by possibly reducing bezel size and offering more size options, and Samsung introducing significant upgrades in performance and durability, consumers will have compelling choices this fall.

Ultimately, the choice will depend on individual preferences and priorities. Those seeking a stylish and minimalist design with a focus on seamless integration with Google’s ecosystem may find the Pixel Watch 3 appealing. On the other hand, users looking for a wider range of options, advanced features, and rugged durability may gravitate towards Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 7 or Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra.

Hillary Keverenge
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Tech has been my playground for over a decade. While the Android journey began early, it truly took flight with the revolutionary Lollipop update. Since then, it's been a parade of Android devices (with a sprinkle of iOS), culminating in a mostly happy marriage with Google's smart home ecosystem. Expect insightful articles and explorations of the ever-evolving world of Android and Google products coupled with occasional rants on the Nest smart home ecosystem.

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