According to a report from Android Central, a prototype of the rumored Google Pixel Watch was found in a restaurant in the Bay Area, not far from the company’s headquarters. The leaked images of the device, which can be seen here, look very similar to previously leaked renders of the upcoming smartwatch.
The device has been dubbed “Rohan”, with 9to5Google finding the source code in a Google update showing the device can use a Samsung Exynos chip. The prototype features a circular watch face, with two physical buttons adjacent to a rotating crown, very similar to that found on the Apple Watch. There’s a minimal bezel found around the front display, with what appears to be a microphone hole or other sensor found near the crown. The microphone would make sense for the device, as the watch is said to contain Google Assistant.
An individual said he discovered the device at a Bay Area restaurant and agreed to share photos with Android Central on the promise of anonymity. If that sounds like deja vu, you’re not mistaken. Unfortunately, an Apple software engineer left a prototype iPhone 4 in a Bay Area bar in 2010. The prototype was eventually obtained by tech blog Gizmodo, who posted photos of the device and tagged it. broken. It also involved law enforcement and banning Gizmodo from attending iPhone launch events.
It looks like the watch will require wearers to use proprietary bands, which are very similar to those used on Fitbit’s other smartwatch models, the Versa 3 and the Sense. With no charging port, it also looks like the device charges from the back, much like the Apple Watch is charged.
While the leaked photos of the device make the bottom look metallic, the individual said he felt the bottom was “clad in glass.” No updates can be reported on the software side because the device did not turn on after the boot logo.
The leak comes weeks before Google’s annual I/O Developer Conference, when the device is expected to be released. The company recently filed a new trademark for the “Pixel Watch” name.