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

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The new Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC comes to replace the Snapdragon 400 system chip, a piece of silicon originally made for smartphones and adapted to fit smartwatches.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.

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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27 Comments

1. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

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

3. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

...with no flat tire.

12. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

And AMOLED display.

26. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

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

18. sgodsell

Posts: 6735; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

19. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 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.

21. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 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.

23. Feanor

Posts: 1292; Member since: Jun 20, 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.

20. phonegeek1212

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

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

2. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

'next era of werarables'. PA: you need to invest in a spellchecker.

7. TerryTerius unregistered

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

13. Victor.H

Posts: 1026; Member since: May 27, 2011

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

4. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

How is the actual performance of this chip?

10. WPX00

Posts: 509; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 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

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 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!

6. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Moto 3 (360) please!

8. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

9. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

11. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

ehh.. still doesn't sound as cool as the Bio Processor from Samsung. http://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/products/bio-processor/bio-processor/

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

14. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

17. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

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

22. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1791; Member since: Apr 22, 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.

24. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

27. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

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

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