- Qualcomm will release new smartwatch chips later this yr, two yr after the preferred Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipsets.
- The chips promise higher battery existence and can permit smaller watch designs, an organization govt mentioned.
- Watches with the new chip platform are set for liberate via the vacation season.
It looks like maximum Android Wear (now Wear OS) smartwatches have reasonably cumbersome designs and disappointing staying power. Part of this may also be attributed to the aging Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipsets utilized by many of those gadgets. Fortunately, Qualcomm will likely be revealing new Snapdragon smartwatch chips later this yr.
The corporate will release the new chipset platform in fall, along a “lead smartwatch”, Wareable reported. Smartwatches with the new will likely be to be had via the vacation season.
Qualcomm senior director of wearables Pankaj Kedia mentioned the new chipset platform would have “dedicated chips that make your watch look pretty when you’re not looking at it.” This means that the always-on/ambient options are set for a large spice up in energy saving and capability.
The new chips also are set to have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as same old, whilst LTE connectivity will seem on “many” watches, the e-newsletter reported. More recreation/health watches will acquire GPS capability too.
Speaking of recreation and health, the new chipsets are in a position to powering sensors comparable to heart-rate screens for an extended time. This doubtlessly opens the door for extra correct monitoring and new well being options.
Smaller, longer lasting watches
The Snapdragon Wear 2100 was once constructed on a 28nm production procedure in 2016, however the web page says Qualcomm is now operating on one thing extra “front-line.” In different phrases, we will be expecting the new smartwatch chips to be constructed on a smaller production procedure. A smaller procedure typically interprets into higher staying power and permits a smaller shape issue.
Kedia mentioned shoppers can be expecting a “significant” build up in energetic and standby battery existence — actual figures weren’t to be had.
It’s now not simply the division that’s receiving love despite the fact that. Google has been paying extra consideration to its wearables OS in recent years, together with via rebranding it as Wear OS. The corporate additionally added Google Assistant voice responses and sensible tips to the watch platform.
Will those enhancements be sufficient to restore smartwatch gross sales? Well, measurement and battery existence have continuously been two criticisms of present smartwatches. So, if those new watches fail to accomplish at money registers, manufacturers can’t blame the anymore (if the delivers within the first position).