Snapdragon Wear 5100 could power the next wave of Android smartwatches0
The publication came across the build ID "LAW.UM.2.0-00700-SW5100.0" on Qualcomm's Code Aurora Forum. "LAW" is short for "Linux Android Wear." Android Wear is what Wear OS was formerly known as. "UM" supposedly stands for "Unified Modem," and "SW5100" could be short for Snapdragon Wear 5100. The chip is codenamed "monaco."
Although Qualcomm has said that Snapdragon Wear 3100, 4100+ and 4100 platforms are capable of running Wear OS 3.0, the future looks bleak for most current watches.
Snapdragon Wear 5100 specs
The Snapdragon Wear 5100 is seemingly based on the chip giant's "bengal" platform and has a quad-core processor with ARM Cortex-A73 cores. The Snapdragon Wear 4100 features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 configuration.
Qualcomm's clients are turning into adversaries. Samsung's renewed focus on its Exynos chips and its partnership with AMD suggests it may eventually stop using Snapdragon chips. What's more, Google and Samsung are getting closer.
Not only are the two companies working on the new smartwatch OS, but the South Korean titan is also believed to be helping Google with its first custom-built smartphone SoC. Apple is also said to be working on its own modem to reduce reliance on Qualcomm
Qualcomm's smartwatch chips have failed to make a name for themselves and it will be interesting to see if the upcoming best smartwatches opt for the new chip.