The wearables market is starting to grow and many people today walk around with smartwatches tied to their wrists.
Numerous manufacturers want your hand to have their brand and they want the best features possible on these devices. Most of the current smartwatches you see around are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset. This is an older version than what was originally used for smartphones; however, things have now been shaken up.
The renowned chip maker has now unveiled a new wearable-focused processor known as Snapdragon 2100. This is meant to take advantage of the growing wearable market by providing manufacturers with a system-on-chip that is 30% smaller than the previous 400. The SoC also comes with an integrated low-power sensor that is actually better and more accurate when compared to its predecessor.
There is more to this new chip, and perhaps the most interesting addition from the previous Snapdragon 400. The new Snapdragon Wear 2100 uses 25% less power as opposed to the previous chipset. What this means is that the chipset will ensure your smartwatch has a longer battery life than what you get at the moment from the 400.
Snapdragon Wear 2100’s compatibility
Compatibility issues can at times be detrimental to the integration or rather adoption of chipsets. However, Qualcomm reports that the newly announced Snapdragon Wear 2100 has no problem working with Google’s Android Wear operating system. In addition, the company says it has prepped a chipset that will still be compatible with future smartwatches, smart eyewear, smart bands as well as smart headsets, among others smart gadgets.
The chip maker further goes on to confirm that the new chipset will be available in tethered as well as connected versions. Even though the processor is already available, it will probably take some time before the first watch running on the Wear 2100 comes to life.
Android Wear seems to be here to stay. It is a decent move for Qualcomm to come in with a chipset that supports this operating system to the best of its capabilities. There is no doubt that using the Snapdragon 400 has brought some of the best moments out of wearables; however, having a wearable-dedicated processor will be of huge significance when it comes to developing thinner smartwatches and other wearables. In addition, we can also expect improved battery life from this chipset, something that has been troubling most users of these gadgets.