Sony recently released its successor to the SmartWatch 2, unsurprisingly named SmartWatch 3. The SmartWatch 3 has many new features such as waterproof (IP58 rated, not just resistant), improved styling, transition to Android Wear, and introduction of a new wearable platform from Broadcom. This is the first Android smartwatch based on the Broadcom system-on-chip (SoC) platform which includes a 1.2GHz Quad-core ARM Cortex A7 processor (BCM23550), an improved GPS and Sensor processing SOC (BCM47531) capable of simultaneously tracking five satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, SBAS, and BeiDou), the now popular Wi-Fi/BT/NFC/FM quad-combo connectivity chip (BCM43341), and a highly integrated power management IC (BCM59054).
Jim Mielke, VP of Engineering at ABI Research comments, “Platform solutions have been popular in mobile handsets and tablets for years now, but wearable platforms are a rarity yet. It’s this type of comprehensive solution that will aid in accelerating the wearable market growth. Platformsallowproduct developers to focus on product feature innovations and user experience leaving most of the development burden of wireless performance and minimized current drain to the chipset provider.”
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These findings are part of ABI Research’s Teardowns Market Research which includes teardowns of wearables, handsets, tablets, and modems.
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