Last year, Qualcomm promised a revival of Wear OS smartwatches with the release of its Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. The chip was designed to give the wearable market a new lease of life but became a flop thanks to its unruly performance and inconspicuous battery life.
Fortunately, Qualcomm seems ready to try again. According to a report by WinFuture, the company is reportedly preparing a new chipset specifically for the smartwatch. The newest chip will be introduced as Snapdragon Wear 429 or Snapdragon Wear 2700.
Qualcomm’s latest smartwatch chip will be produced using a 12nm manufacturing process and featuring the Cortex-A53 CPU core along with 64-bit support. Compared to Wear 3100 which was made using a 28 nm process and equipped with four Cortex-A7 cores, the chip offers 32-bit support.
The smaller size of the node allows Qualcomm to put more transistors on Wear 429 / Wear 2700. This will make the chip more powerful and energy-efficient than its predecessor generation.
The report quoted from Phone Arena on Wednesday (07/10/2019) states, Qualcomm is testing the Wear 429 chip or Wear 2700 with a platform that includes 1GB LPDDR3 RAM and 8GB eMMC storage. The newest chip is said to have a power-saving feature that sends multiple tasks to chips or cores with lower power to save battery life.
The name Wear 429 shows a new chip based on the Snapdragon 429 Mobile Platform which also uses 12nm manufacturing and core features of Cortex-A53. Based on the similarities between the two chipsets, Wear 429 can run at a maximum clock speed of 2GHz compared to 1.2 GHz for Wear 3100.
Before news of Qualcomm setting up a new smartwatch chip, the American chipset maker announced the presence of Snapdragon 215 Mobile Platform. The chip is intended to strengthen low-end handsets.
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