Last week we told you that the Qualcomm giant had begun to promote a preview of a possible presentation of new processors for wearable devices. And well, he has finally presented them today.
Qualcomm has officially announced two new SoCs, the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 and Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1both chipsets are based on the 4 nanometer process and stand out for offering up to twice the performance of the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ while using only half the power.
In fact, the W5+ can provide up to 50% more battery life while also using 30% less space than previous models. Additionally, Qualcomm has been working closely with Google in recent quarters to optimize Wear OS for this new processor.
The W5+ Gen 1 is made up of four Cortex A53 cores and one 250 MHz Cortex M55 efficiency core. Graphics are handled by the A702 GPU clocked at 1 GHz (significant increase from the 320 MHz A504 GPU of the 4100 +) and the memory has been upgraded to support LPDDR4 at 2133 Mhz. A new machine learning unit U55 has also been added here.
We also have an AON (Always On) coprocessor built on a 22 nanometer process which will take care of processes running in the background and using less power, including audio playback, voice processing and notifications.
This AON coprocessor also supports Bluetooth 5.3 low energy connectivity, Wi-Fi, GNSS, and adds support for new power states such as “Hibernation” and “Deep Sleep”. Your LTE modem has also received an update to consume less power.
Mobvoi and Oppo will be the first OEMs to launch wearables with Qualcomm’s new SoC and the chipmaker says 25 smartwatch designs are currently in the works. Oppo is expected to make an announcement sometime in August for the Oppo Watch 3.