10 September 2020
Qualcomm has launched Snapdragon Wear 4100+ and Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor for the next generation of smartwatches running platforms like Google’s Wear OS. While announcing the two new processors, Qualcomm points out some differences between the predecessor Snapdragon Wear 3100 and the Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor.
Qualcomm claims the new Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor will bring richer and enhanced experiences to the next generation connected smartwatches. Qualcomm is making these claims on the basis of the process on which the new Snapdragon Wear 4100 chip is fabricated. Compared to the Snapdragon Wear 3100 that was built on the 28nm process, the newest Snapdragon Wear 4100 is built on the 12nm process. This makes the new chip more energy efficient because the smaller the size, the less power the chip would take.
The brand new #Snapdragon Wear 4100+ Platform powers the next-gen smartwatches you’ll love, delivering super-fast performance, extended battery life, rich always-on experiences, and 4G LTE connectivity. Learn more: https://t.co/gAgRuuMsPk pic.twitter.com/nmdkCaJZzL— Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) June 30, 2020
Qualcomm also touts that the new smartwatches using the Wear 4100 can fetch 85% better performance over the smartwatches with the Snapdragon 3100 chip. The Snapdragon 4100 chips also promise enhanced user experience and faster app launches. Smartwatches with the new processor will offer smoother and responsive UX and richer photo and video experiences compared to the last year’s processor. Smartwatches will also offer 85% percent faster memory and 25% percent lower power usage, and a boost in graphics performance that is 2.5 times greater than the older chip.
Both the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ use a quad-core Cortex A53 processor but the latter one combines with a smaller co-processor. This is the AON (Always-On) co-processor for richer offloaded experiences. This is responsible for handling many background tasks that Wear OS smartwatches run when the device is in ambient mode.
Qualcomm also announced the names of the first of its many customers that will be using the new processors. According to Qualcomm, imoo, kid smartphones manufacturer will announce its next-generation Z6 Ultra smartwatch based on Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor. This product is expected to start shipping over the next 30 days. Similarly, Mobvoi will launch its next-gen TicWatch Pro smartwatches based on the Snapdragon 4100 SoC. However, the launch of Mobvoi smartwatch is unknown.