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Qualcomm's New Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform Paves the Way for Improved Smartwatches

by Stephanie Tomsett | 3Q 2018 | IN-5261

For quite some time, Qualcomm has been preparing and developing a new processor for smartwatches that includes a cellular connectivity option, which has now been released. Thus far, Google’s Wear OS smartwatch manufacturers have been using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, which was released over two years ago in February 2016. In a long-overdue September 2018 event called “It’s time. Set your watches,” Qualcomm finally released its new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset that comes in three variants targeting smartwatches with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, Global Positional System (GPS), and 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution). The three variants ensure that a complete set of wearable devices can be developed, allowing for greater diversity within the smartwatch market. The Snapdragon Wear 3100 features an ultra-low power hierarchical system that aims to provide enhanced interactivity, new personalized experiences, and improved battery life—and the latter is said to have been extended by 4 to 12 hours (compared to the Snapdragon Wear 2100), depending on the display, battery capacity, and device type. The company has also developed a number of different modes which limit some functions to offer an even longer battery life. The platform can be paired with the Snapdragon X5 LTE modem, allowing it to offer 1 Gigabit per Second (Gbps) peak download speeds.

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