Qualcomm announced new Snapdragon Wear 4100 series chipset for smartwatches
When you hear the word Qualcomm, you would usually think of their chipsets for smartphones. Well, the company just decided to make some for smartwatches too and it's been a long overdue. Today, the company isn't introducing one but two new smartwatch chipsets - the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+.
According to reports, it's said that these chipsets are following the Snapdragon 429 SoC blueprint. So inside the SoC, it's a 12nm process with a 1.7GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU, Adreno 504 GPU, alongside a 750MHz LPDDR3 RAM + eMMC 4.5 ROM. There's even a pair of ISPs inside that can support a 16MP camera which is mind blogging.
Both the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ are quite similar, featuring the necessary SoC, PMIC, RFFE, RF for modem/GPS and WiFi/Bluetooth. However, it's only the 4100 chipset that's missing the Always-On (AON) co-processor whereas the latter does. By the way, this AON co-processor is said to enhance battery life (power consumption reduced by around 25%) and can provide 64K colours.
In terms of performance, the 4100+ is 85% more efficient than the predecessor (the Wear 3100). Its 4G LTE modem also now has a DSP, low power features and can support Cat.4 LTE and dual antennas, so there shouldn't be any problem in connecting to WiFi a/b/g/n or Bluetooth 5.0.
So which smartwatch is going to equip the Snapdragon Wear 4100 series? Well, Qualcomm have already announced that the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 will be coming soon with that chipset, alongside an upcoming Suunto and a Z6 Ultra kids smartphone by imoo. All in all, the Snapdragon Wear 4100 series is meant for Google Wear OS.
Since wearables are getting popular again, it will be interesting to see which Android smartphone brand will take the chipset series for a spin. Until then, stay tuned for more trending tech news at TechNave.com.