Qualcomm releases new chips for Android wearables

Ruben Fields
July 1, 2020

For the Snapdragon 4100 Additionally, although, the QCC1110 co-processor - which handles the ambient show mode frequent to most contemporary smartwatches - is also obtaining some enhancements.

The Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms support both the Android Open Source platform and the Wear OS by Google OS platform and are available starting today. But the chip offered no significant upgrade over the Wear 2100 from 2016. It could put future Wear OS smartwatches ahead of the Apple Watch 6 - at least in terms of performance. It may use the new Cortex-X1 as its prime core, plus three Cortex-A77 for the big cores.

One thing that practically every modern Wear OS-based smartwatch has in common is its reliance on Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear platform, which has always lagged behind the proprietary silicon Apple and Samsung have squeezed into their watches. Qualcomm said the 4100+ will bring about 85 percent higher performance. These improvements are created to deliver more than 25% power reductions across key use cases and bring extended battery life to the platform (compared to our previous platforms).

The 2020 chip comes in two variants, the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and Snapdragon Wear 4100+. On the battery front, wearables carrying the Snapdragon 4100 or 4100 Plus should be able to go a full day between charges even with heavy screen, sensor and Global Positioning System use.

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Of course, the 4100 Plus model is touted as the flagship for a reason. Individuals include the means to display vastly much more colours - as numerous as 64,000, up from the 16 colours that the 3100 could clearly show - as properly as guidance for new options when in "watch mode" like phase tracking, continuous coronary heart-fee monitoring, alarms, haptic comments, and additional (which beforehand had to count on the principal processor).

Qualcomm also took the liberty of announcing two new smartwatches from their partners running on the new platform.

And lastly, Qualcomm also takes into consideration the traditional watch mode and improves upon it by utilizing the co-processor in an RTOS environment. However, it might already be too late for the platform.

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