Qualcomm Announces Dedicated Chip for Smartwatches

Qualcomm is unveiling a new SoC for wearables in order to take the ecosystem to the next level. Called the Snapdragon Wear 3100, the focus is on making battery life good enough for long term use.

As you may have noticed from its name, Snapdragon Wear 3100 is specifically designed for smartwatches running Wear OS 3.0.


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The new chip comes with a new “ultra-low-power co-processor”, which handles the most basic of tasks such as showing time and collecting data from sensors, taking the load off of the other more powerful processors.

Further, there is a digital signal processor (DSP), and a single Cortex-A7 unit for handling more strenuous tasks. The Snapdragon 2100, by contrast, had one powerful and one low-power processor, which was much less-efficient.

Further, the chip now comes with support for a variety of dedicated modes, for use in certain types of situations.

Dedicated Modes Onboard

For starters, the dedicated Sports Experience mode will help you eek out as much as 15 hours worth of battery life during long-lasting fitness or sports sessions, e.g. marathons.

On the other hand, Enhanced-ambient mode brightens up the display when you need to make a fashion statement, and adds a second hand to the clock.

Traditional-watch mode is useful when you are low on battery or are being extra-cautious. This mode can help you give battery life up to 30 days on a full charge, or a week at 20%.

The watches are expected to prolong the battery life by 1.5-2.5 days, compared to previous generation. Fossil, Louis Vuitton and Montblanc will be the first to come out with watches that are built on the platform, with others joining soon.


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