New chip promises performance enhancements and battery improvements.
It’s been a while since Qualcomm has released a chip made solely for wearables. Its previous 2100 chip has been released a couple of years ago, making this a much-needed upgrade.
The Snapdragon Wear 3100 boasts improved technologies to power the next generation of wearables from Google. The new chip is proven to be more power efficient that could help make a standard Wear OS smartwatch last for more than just a day. There will also be an option to enable a ‘Traditional Watch Mode’ that could help extend the battery life for almost a week.
Along with that, Qualcomm has announced a mysterious ‘major sports brand’ that is developing a new fitness wearable powered by the Snapdragon Wear 3100 that can give almost 15 hours of battery life even with continuous GPS turned on. It has been given the codename ‘Project Stamina’, though no other details were given.
Qualcomm also said that the new chip will be able to support an ‘Always-on’ function for Google Assistant, though it is still up to manufacturers if they want to include it on their smartwatches.
It was also revealed that the Snapdragon Wear 3100 has been out for a couple of months now, and companies like Montblanc, Louis Vuitton, and Fossil have already released wearables based on the new chip, with more companies promising support in the next couple of months.