It’s been a long time coming and the cynics among us might say we’ve been waiting since the debut of the SD2100 platform in 2016, but Qualcomm has finally announced a brand new processor for Wear OS smartwatches – the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform. No, they haven’t just added a co-processor as they did with the SD3100 platform, this time the chipmaker has given us a CPU built on the 12nm process with faster cores, and an 85% increase in performance.
Unlike the sluggish Snapdragon Wear 3100, this new chip is worth getting excited about because we can expect new smartwatches to launch with higher resolution displays, massively improved performance, and up to 25% better battery life.
- Super-Fast Performance and Connectivity: The Snapdragon Wear 4100 comprises of four A53 cores, an Adreno 504 GPU, support for LPDDR3 memory (750MHz), and dual ISPs that support up to 16MP cameras.
- Smarter Always-On Co-Processor: Enhanced AON co-processor supports enriched experiences with support for up to 64k colors, continuous heart-rate monitoring, sleep, and health tracking while the main processor is idling
- Ultra-Low Power Platform: The 12nm fabrication process brings power efficiencies and supports dynamic clock and voltage scaling. Bluetooth 5.0 is supported and will deliver more than 25% extended battery life
- Richer, Enhanced Experiences: The hybrid platform enhances the interactive, ambient, sports, and watch modes with an increase in support for colors from 16k to 64k, with increased readability and crisper images.
We can expect the first smartwatch featuring the Snapdragon Wear 4100 chip to launch sometime in the next month or so in the form of imoo’s next-generation Z6 Ultra, a watch specifically aimed at the kids.
Unlike the SD3100, Qualcomm appears to have committed some resources to the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform which may finally help Wear OS fulfill its potential instead of being lambasted for being laggy. I can’t wait to see what the smartwatch manufacturers can do now that their hands aren’t tied behind their backs.