Google’s Pixel Watch is expected to be revealed imminently, but after recent leaks, it seems there’s been a new in-real-life development: what appears to be a prototype of the new smartwatch was left in a restaurant, somewhere in the U.S. (we don’t have any more location details than that).
The prototype is so exactly a match with rumors, leaks and other reports that it’s almost impossible to believe that it’s not the real thing.
If you’re getting a sense of déjà vu here, it’s because it’s 12 years, almost to the day, since an Apple employee accidentally left an iPhone 4 in a bar. (I’m told, incidentally, that that employee did not lose their job over the unfortunate oversight.)
Anyway, back to now, and images of the discovery were sent to Android Central, which duly published them.
So, what do we know about this device?
It looks tremendous
Unlike most smartwatches which have rugged, almost brutalist, looks to them, this is elegant and classy. If the Apple Watch were circular, it could easily look like this.
There’s a Digital Crown and two buttons
I mean, I think that’s what the images show. The crown is unmissable and it looks like there are two buttons which are flush to the edges of the Watch.
The back is very convex
There’s only one reason for a watch to have a back this shape, to provide intimate and emphatic contact with the wearer’s skin. This, in turn, confirms that there will be a heart rate sensor on the back of the Watch. This is not a big surprise, but it’s nice to have it endorsed in this way.
The photos don’t show the full display but everything suggests it will fit with the other reports that the bezels will be thin. In which case, it’s likely the display will spill over the side—like the Apple Watch Series 7 but perhaps even more dramatic.
How do we know it’s Google?
What, apart from the perfect match with the rumors and reports that have come before? Well, here’s the clincher. That boot logo is unmistakable.
All the stars are aligning to suggest that an announcement of the Pixel Watch—predicted for years but stubbornly elusive—may actually happen next month at the Google I/O event.