Qualcomm today unveiled a new generation of chipset for the Wear OS platform. The Snapdragon Wear 4100 SoC has announced for Android smartwatches to run it faster and deal with battery life. Qualcomm is working on the chipset for Wear OS platform since 2016. In the predecessor, it has Snapdragon Wear 2100 & Wear 3100 chipsets for Fossil, Mobvoi & Suunto series wearables. The major problem for Qualcomm wearable processors and the Wear OS platform are both have produced minimum results in battery draining or poor software configuration.
Snapdragon Wear 4100 has 4 ARM Cortex-A53 cores with a max clock of up to 1.7GHz, which is specially made for wearables. It is based on 12-nanometer architecture, where the previous was running on 28nm hardware. It works with Adreno 504 GPU along with ultra-lower-power QCC1110 co-processor. I hope the new combination gives users extra battery life, which is the main concern of Wear OS smartwatches. The official page says it gives 25% more battery life, and 85% faster performance in real-time.
Further, Wear 4100 is capable to produce 64K colors in Always-on Display mode, thanks to AON co-processor. It is the reason in the previous many quarters, Wear OS has performed very poorly, and grabbed very few customers compared to Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, Garmin & Fitbit. With the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset, we can expect better results. The upcoming Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 will be the first smartwatch to run on Wear 4100 processor.