Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ for Wear OS

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Coming two years after the previous Snapdragon 3100 chip launched, the new silicon will provide a welcome boost for smartwatches, particularly those running Google's Wear OS.

Connectivity has been improved too, so if your smartwatch has 4G LTE built in, then calls should connect more quickly and be more reliable.

There's more beyond the expected performance upgrades however, with three key ways the Wear 4100 series is set to move ahead of its predecessor. These improvements are created to deliver more than 25% power reductions across key use cases and bring extended battery life to the platform (compared to our previous platforms). That means a much more colorful display, even in ambient mode, for future Wear OS smartwatches. This includes offloading sleep tracking and heart-rate tracking to this resource-efficient chip instead of the main CPU. The good news is it seems the Wear 4100 series may change that. It also brings 25% improvement in the battery life and there is equally a faster LPDDR3 memory.

Do note that the exact source of the information is not immediately clear.

Anyway, we still have a long way to go until 2021 so do take this news with a grain of salt.

Qualcomm has upgraded the communication tools as well, with the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100 Plus supporting Bluetooth 5.0, boasting improved Global Positioning System (including low-power Global Positioning System tracking) and coming with boosted 4G connectivity (but not 5G), plus there's even support for a 16MP camera (over 8MP support on the Wear 3100).

The Snapdragon Wear 4100+ will have both the main processor and the co-processor, while the Snapdragon Wear 4100 will have just the main processor, for smartwatch makers who don't plan on incorporating an ambient mode into their devices.

Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 4100 and 4100 Plus will offer performance boosts of up to 85 percent over the Snapdragon 3100, so expect a snappier on-the-wrist experience.

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