31 August 2021
Qualcomm has shared a teaser suggesting a next-gen Snapdragon Wear chipset is coming. It has tweeted a teaser clip with the message, "The clock is ticking on something big". It further mentions "Wear what matters" followed by Coming Soon with no details about the exact timeline yet.
The teaser clip and tweet do not offer important details about what to expect. It is speculated that we will see the company unveil a flagship processor for smartwatches. It will likely be a successor to the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and Snapdragon Wear 4100+ chipsets that went official in 2020. An upgraded version of the same is long overdue in the market.
The clock is ticking on something big. 👀⌚ pic.twitter.com/0bYaGf3SrF— Snapdragon (@Snapdragon) July 12, 2022
These processors are based on the 12nm manufacturing process and have a co-processor. The latter is explicitly meant for handling background tasks. While it brought performance and battery efficiency improvements over its predecessors, it is now time for something even better to handle modern demands more effectively.
There have been rumors that next-gen chipsets will be called Snapdragon Wear 5100 and Snapdragon Wear 5100+. These are said to be built using Samsung's 4nm process. There is expected to be a significant performance boost and longer battery life. We will have to wait for other reports to arrive to better understand what to expect.