So after a long wait, the new Qualcomm watch chip has been finally released after going through several notices in the market. The Qualcomm watch chip was the main attraction of Google I/O early at this year. Nowadays Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor is being used in all smartwatches now it will be succeeded by the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 which has been redesign to provide the user with the maximum performance. This will provide a new upgrade to the market of smartwatches. One of the crucial significant change will be the integration with Google’s Wear OS. Three new software modes have been added to extend the usage time and cope with various usage scenarios.
A closer look at the Snapdragon 3100
Qualcomm’s senior director of smart wearables Pankaj Kedia told us that now the smartwatches comes with phone architecture integrated into smartwereables. However, people use their smartwatches in an entirely different way than their smartphones. Most of the user uses only their smartwatch for 5% of their time beyond that the watch stays on the wrist only for watching time occasionally. Of course, the built-in sensors also record data such as position, heart rate, etc. where you can’t see them.
Keeping all these things in mind, usage of high-performance processors and merely relying on them for the relatively power hungry task that requires long-running operations can seem to be waste. So this time Snapdragon Wear 3100 is redesign with new architecture with large, small and very small cores. There will be four A7 CPUs, one DSP (digital signal processor) and one “ultra-low power coprocessor.”To face the different needs of users in various scenarios (previous 2100 only single A7 CPU and one DSP). In general, the 3100 vs. 2100 will increase in endurance by approximately “4 to 12 hours.”
Snapdragon Wear 3100 New Modes
Qualcomm is not only redesigning the architecture but its also working on other most crucial feature used by smartwatch users. It will include GPS tracking, looking at the time and controlling the playback of music. Which is the most essential feature by users according to Qualcomm statistics. So their team is optimized for these aspects, and the 3100 does show a corresponding improvement compared to 2100.
This time Qualcomm has partnered up with Google to bring three new “personalized experiences.” for the users. The first one is call as the Enhanced Ambient Mode. It incorporates a second hand to simulate a real watch. It also offers more useful options in terms of brightness and color. At the same time, this mode will keep the add-on components running on the surface, and it will be driven by a coprocessor, which will save power.
Next up is the “Traditional Watch mode,”. It instantly morphs into a traditional watch when your device is out of power. In this mode, you can only watch the time. If you turn it on at full power, Kedia says that the battery life can be up to 30 days. If it is in the regular use situation, for example, there is still 20% of the remaining power, and it can be maintained for about one week after the mode is enabled.
The two modes mentioned above are preloaded. When the Snapdragon Wear 3100 and Wear OS watches are shipped from the factory. The factory will then push a “Dedicated sports experience”. That provides up to 15 hours of endurance with GPS and heart rate monitoring enabled. Qualcomm revealed that the experience would appear on “a watch released by a sports product customer in the future,”. Which is similar to New Balance and Garmin.
So which manufacturers will launch watches based on this new chip? Currently, Fossil Group, Louis Vuitton and Montblanc have confirmed that they will have new products with Snapdragon Wear 3100 processors. No surprises, these new watches will appear in the Christmas shopping season this year. Of course, the specific appearance, battery, screen and whether it is equipped with GPS, NFC and other specifications must be determined according to the different designs of the manufacturers.