Google Pixel Watch 2 will be water-resistant

Google continues to offer sneak peeks at its upcoming products, with another teaser video providing an unexpectedly close look at the Pixel Watch 2, just ahead of the October 4 Made by Google event.

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Following yesterday’s teaser of the Pixel 8 and Pixel Watch 2, a high-quality video of the Pixel Watch 2 was uploaded to YouTube. From a design perspective, the 2023 iteration of Google’s flagship watch appears largely iterative, resembling the previous year’s Pixel Watch. However, upon closer examination, there are some notable details.

One striking feature is the “IP68” marking etched onto the back cover of the Pixel Watch 2. This represents a significant improvement over the first Pixel Watch, which lacked an official IP rating for dust and water resistance, although it was promoted as withstanding 5ATM of pressure. With an IP68 rating, the Pixel Watch 2 is certified to withstand immersion in water up to 1.5 meters in depth for at least 30 minutes, while also being fully protected against dust and solid particulates.

Additionally, the video reveals the presence of an EDA (or cEDA) sensor on the watch, a feature found in some Fitbit devices for monitoring stress levels. The sensor measures electrodermal activity to assess the body’s chemical response to stress. Although there have been questions about the scientific validity of this feature, Fitbit, now a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has used it in previous devices like the Charge 5, where it has generally been considered a useful addition.

These teasers continue to generate excitement and speculation among tech enthusiasts, as Google prepares to unveil its new products at the upcoming event.