Qualcomm finally has a wearable chip for Samsung’s rival

Wear OS is facing a recurring issue: the lack of a capable chipset that can balance performance and battery life, but that could soon change when Qualcomm announces its new Snapdragon Wear processor. Most manufacturers that release Wear OS smartwatches use chipsets from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear line. The Snapdragon Wear 4100 and Snapdragon Wear 4100+, which power the new generation of Wear OS smartwatches, were announced in 2020 and should now have successors.

In 2021, when Samsung announced the Galaxy Watch 4 series, the new smartwatches not only released a new version of Wear OS co-developed with Google, but also a new chipset, the Exynos W920. Built on a 5nm node, this processor offered significant upgrades over Qualcomm’s chipsets.

There have been rumors that Qualcomm’s next-gen wearable chipsets will launch as the Snapdragon Wear 5100. A report from Winfuturo confirms the name and reveals a handful of key information. Like its current offerings, it has been reported that Qualcomm will announce two versions of the chip – the Snapdragon Wear 5100 and the Snapdragon Wear 5100+. While both processors are built on a 4nm node like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, a significant leap from the 12nm process of the Snapdragon Wear 4100 series, there will be some significant differences.

The Snapdragon 5100 will have its power management IC (PMIC) separate from the system-on-a-chip (SoC), while the Snapdragon Wear 5100 Plus will have the chip and PMIC in one package. A53 cores, the same as the Snapdragon 4100 series, clocked at 1.7 GHz and an Adreno 702 GPU clocked at 700 MHz. While the CPU cores are not as powerful as the Exynos W920’s Cortex-A55 cores, the smaller size of the node should give them The two chips can support up to 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and eMMC 5.1 storage. Qualcomm is testing 2GB and 4GB variants of the chip, which means we could see the end of 1GB of RAM in Wear OS smartwatches.

The plus variant will also have a low-power coprocessor similar to the Snapdragon Wear 4100+. However, this new coprocessor is from the QCC5100 series, which Qualcomm designed for headphones and speakers. The 22nm Arm Cortex-M55 chip, which has its GPU win, will be able to handle low-power tasks that would be assigned to the main CPU. The chip has also been reported to have a machine learning core that can be used for features like drop detection and heart. Also, unlike the Snapdragon Wear 5100 which will have a separate Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chip, the Snapdragon Wear 5100 + will have its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi module in the coprocessor.

The Snapdragon Wear 5100 series looks promising and is a worthy challenger to the Exynos W920. Not only will the smaller node size bring performance and power efficiency improvements to Wear OS watches, the larger RAM means more apps can stay in memory. Furthermore, the coprocessor of the plus variant will ensure better power management as it can handle tasks that the main chip would handle. Information on the release of the processors is currently unknown, but it is expected to be announced this year.

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