Qualcomm Promises Update to Outdated Smartwatch Processor

May 11, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Qualcomm has promised that it won’t be following the path laid by Intel in terms of smartwatch processors. The chipset manufacturer said that they will be coming up with a third gen chip for smartwatches, or more particularly for the Wear OS running devices.

The word comes from Qualcom Senior Director for Wearables Pankaj Kedia, who also said that the third gen chip would incorporate some massive changes. No further details were revealed, but we can sure expect changes like size reduction and better performance in both power and battery consumption.

Qualcomm began its smartwatch processor arm with a modified version of Snapdragon 400. To recall, the SD 400 was a low-powered processor targeted at the lower mid-range smartphones. A dedicated processor was then rolled out by Qualcomm in the form of Snapdragon Wear 2100. But unfortunately, the SD Wear 2100 wasn’t a great overhaul in terms of the processing department.

The current range of Wear OS running devices still rely on this slimmed down processor, which partially also bars the smartwatches from making a big leap forward. But with Qualcomm’s assurance of an inbound processor, smartwatch manufacturers could put their heads together to work up on improvements for the near future in their devices. That would include hardware upgrades along with improved performance in terms of battery.

Qualcomm has said that its new processor would be arriving by fall this year, and that would be alongside a new flagship smartwatch. It certainly needs to be seen if Qualcomm could come up with a processor that would help Wear OS to outrun its Apple counterpart.

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