Qualcomm has launched something that would enhance the whole smartwatch experience. After making a lot of manufacturers rely on a single chip for around 2 and a half years, Qualcomm has launched a chip that is dedicated for smartwatches. The chip has been named Snapdragon Wear 3100. Compared to the previous generation of smartwatch processors, this one is expected to have efficient battery life management, better support for always-on displays and other versatility aspects. For instance, the new chip would perform a lot better with fitness and health sensors out there. It means future smartwatches would be effective when it comes to tracking health.
However, the show-stealer in Snapdragon Wear 3100 is the addition of a low-power processor. This would be added alongside the powerful processor so that idle tasks can be taken care of. That is, when the watch is not being used, the low-power process would be at work. It is going to improve the standby battery life of almost all devices to come. Qualcomm stays that the low-power processor would be 20x power efficient if compared to the actual processor in the chip. It should be noted that the low-power processor will be taking care of aspects like always-on display and sensors.
It should be noted that Snapdragon Wear 3100 does not offer much performance improvements. It’s using the same main processor that was seen in the previous iteration. On the other hand, the co-processor can be quite useful in improving the overall usability and extensive battery life of the devices. According to what Qualcomm says, the new chip would be able to offer an extra battery life of 1 day to the existing Wear OS smartwatches in the normal sector. It would be a boost of a few hours when it comes to fashion-sector ones. Qualcomm says the chip also has some features for extending battery life by turning off some functions if battery level goes low.