Qualcomm has introduced its new smartwatch platform that will power the next generation of Wear OS smartwatches. The new platform will offer some significant battery life savings thanks to a bespoke design that no longer takes so many cues from Qualcomm8217;s Snapdragon smartphone work.
Snapdragon Wear 3100 should see around 4 to 12 hours of day-long use compared to the previous Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform, depending on the watch you have of course. But it8217;s in sports modes where there will be most savings 8211; up to 15 hours of GPS-mode battery life (calculated based on typical 450mAh sports watch battery) compared to only a few hours now.
Qualcomm’s Pankaj Kedia said in a briefing with Pocket-lint that he couldn’t comment on whether the next generation smartwatches included one from Google. “At the [October Pixel] launch Google will talk about what they are doing. I can8217;t talk about that but they are making their OS stronger and together we are strong.”
Kedia said that Qualcomm has worked hard on power saver modes across the board. 8220;Battery savers today are software [based] 8211; this [platform has] hardware and software implementation.8221; He also suggested that it would be up to smartwatch manufacturers to choose how these modes were invoked rather than the user.
Snapdragon Wear 3100 is based on quad-core A7 processors, an efficient integrated DSP, and a new ultra-low power co-processor, the Qualcomm QCC1110, has been designed from the ground up. It8217;s optimised for ultra-low power and helps the watch with audio, display, and sensors.
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