17 July 2019
Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear series of processors are meant for smartwatches, primarily for Google's Wear OS running watches. It launched Snapdragon Wear 3100 last year but only a handful of devices have been released featuring it. And now, a new report has surfaced claiming that Qualcomm has a new Snapdragon Wear processor under development.
The WinFuture.de report mentions that Qualcomm is now hoping to solve Wear OS' oldest problem which is related to the use of outdated hardware. The processor is expected to be called Snapdragon Wear 429 or Snapdragon Wear 2700 but nothing is confirmed for now. It is likely to be a toned-down version of the Snapdragon 429 processor meant for budget smartphones.
This new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear processor will be a 64-bit processor with ARM Cortex-A53 cores and 12nm node. This is a significant upgrade over Snapdragon Wear 3100 which is a 32-bit chipset with ARM A7 cores and 28nm node. The chipset is said to be under internal testing on hardware featuring 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
Even though there seem to be major hardware upgrades, Qualcomm is said to be continuing with its focus on improving battery efficiency as well. It will also have connectivity support for Bluetooth 5.0 and LTE which means we can see the chipset in LTE variants of the smartwatches as well. It is expected to become available sometime in 2020 and we should have more information by then.