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The next era for wearables: new Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip will allow thinner smartwatches

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The next era for wearables: new Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip will allow thinner smartwatches

Qualcomm has just unveiled a brand new chip, tailor-made for smartwatches and it promises to bring about the 'next era of wearables'.

The new Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC comes to replace the Snapdragon 400 system chip, a piece of silicon originally made for smartphones and adapted to fit smartwatches. Most current smartwatches, especially Android Wear timepieces still rely on the Snapdragon 400 for their performance.

30% smaller, uses 25% less power

There are four key areas where the Wear 2100 brings significant improvements over the Snapdragon 400:

Size: it's 30% smaller than the Snapdragon 400, which will enable thinner designs
Power: it uses 25% less power than the Snapdragon 400, which will help with battery life
Sensors: it features integrated ultra-low power sensor hub, which will help with greater tracking accuracy over the Snapdragon 400
Connectivity: it features a new 4G LTE modem with integrated GNSS, along with low power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

"With the introduction of the Snapdragon Wear platform and Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, Qualcomm Technologies is well-positioned to extend its progress in wearables technology by enabling sleek designs, long battery life, smart sensing, and always- connected experiences in the next generation of wearable devices," senior VP at Qualcomm, Raj Talluri, said.

With 4G LTE connectivity support, we're particularly curious to learn whether this new chip will help bring about the truly independent smartwatch, one that can connect to a carrier's network directly and not have to be tethered to a smartphone to function. Time will tell.

source: Qualcomm

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posted on 11 Feb 2016, 07:19 9

1. DRS1977 (Posts: 415; Member since: 27 May 2015)


Very cool, hope this shows up in the Moto 360 V3.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 07:30 14

3. Landon (Posts: 391; Member since: 07 May 2015)


...with no flat tire.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 09:02 9

12. bodzio1809 (Posts: 356; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


And AMOLED display.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 03:02 2

26. My1cent (Posts: 342; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


They can put bigger battery inside instead of make it thinner!

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 10:57 3

18. sgodsell (Posts: 3222; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The flat tire was actually smaller on V2 than on V1. The flat tire is even smaller on the sport version. To tell you the truth if you use black background watch faces, then you don't even notice it.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:19 2

19. Landon (Posts: 391; Member since: 07 May 2015)


True but the fact that every other round smart watch out there doesn't have a flat tire, it makes me question Motorola's efforts to get rid of it. I realize that they did it to decrease the thickness of the watch but the Gear S2 is just as thin but yet has no flat tire.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:26 5

21. DRS1977 (Posts: 415; Member since: 27 May 2015)


The Gear S2 also has an ambient light sensor right in the middle of the screen, so it is possible. No more excuses from Moto.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 13:11

23. Feanor (Posts: 670; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


The flat tire houses the screen drivers, the ambient sensor is only excuse. The Gear S2 and every other fully circular smartwatch hide the drivers under their bezels. It has nothing to do with thinness. It's a matter of either bezel or no bezel.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:21 2

20. phonegeek1212 (Posts: 38; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)


Actually I got used to the flat tire.. I have no issues with that

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 07:30 2

2. Landon (Posts: 391; Member since: 07 May 2015)


'next era of werarables'.

PA: you need to invest in a spellchecker.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 07:37 7

7. TerryTerius (Posts: 1533; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


"Wer Arab les"

You can't sneak your cleverly disguised almost correctly spelled nefarious messages past me phonearena!

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 09:13 2

13. Victor.H (Posts: 641; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Ahaha absolutely hilarious! Thanks for the fun attitude and the correction, guys, I have just fixed this confusing typo!

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 07:33 1

4. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


How is the actual performance of this chip?

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:05 2

10. WPX00 (Posts: 217; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


probably identical to the 400. You won't need moore's law for performance in watches - in fact I'd argue they're too powerful for 90% of the things you do on a watch.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 01:19

25. vincelongman (Posts: 4093; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


CPU performance might actually be a step back from the 400
Since the 2100 has A7s, while the 400 has A53s

But like you said, CPU isn't that important for watches
The 400 is definitely overpowered for watches

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 07:34 3

5. GreenMan (Posts: 900; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Holy Molly...

Today's technology astonishes me... They fit a Snapdragon 400 SoC into a Wristwatch, and if that wasn't enough of a feat, they made it more efficient and powerful...

Great Scot!

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 07:36 1

6. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


Moto 3 (360) please!

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 07:57 4

8. steelew (Posts: 196; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


I'll take a bigger battery and same size. Oh, I would also like a more solid screen. Every time I press the screen on my G Watch R, it sounds like the glue that holds it together, came undone.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:04 3

9. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)


Bigger battery isn't logical. Smartwatches are technological fashion accessories above all else. Unless you give it a 6 month battery life, you will still end up charging it. At night is the best time to do this, as during the day you want it measuring your vitals throughout the day. And if sleep tracking is your thing, you should get a fitbit or a dedicated sleep tracker which pairs with your smartphone. Unless your watch can't make it the whole day, a bigger battery isn't necessary. You also have to bare in mind that the charging time isn't slow either. WRT the build quality, no comment. I don't use anything without that little Apple logo on it ;) proud iSheep.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 08:15

11. rd_nest (Posts: 1590; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


ehh.. still doesn't sound as cool as the Bio Processor from Samsung.

http://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/products/bio-processor/bio-processor/

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 10:33 2

15. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8328; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


But it isn't a CPU, its just a biometrics processor. Its only goign to work with devices that have health apps. It doesn't run the watch though.

It's a co-processor...not the actual CPU.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 10:33

14. natypes (Posts: 1079; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


My Gear S2 classic received a software update today and man was it a good one. Many more watch faces and even different styles to the original ones, watch is very fast and responsive now.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 10:36 1

16. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8328; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Yes. Mine did get slow. I installed that update some time ago. before the update I was getting one day of full usage. After the update, even with the 4G model I get nearly 3 days from a charge.

Be aware though, some watch faces use more battery even when the face isn't showing. I found the ones Samsung includes, use less power.

I download some from Mr Watch and Watch Master and the Watch master ones are battery hogs.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 10:56

17. natypes (Posts: 1079; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


I've only downloaded one, I find the selection to be enough for me.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:51

22. Mreveryphone (Posts: 397; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Mine received the update as well last night... It was a good one...Watch seems even more snappy...I'll have to test out the battery life today.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 16:31 3

24. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2019; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


So will this finally be the year for me to consider getting a smartwatch.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 08:57

27. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


I like chunky watches so I'd prefer a bigger battery in the space it saves.

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