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Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon Wear 4100 for Wearables

It now has support for 16-megapixel cameras

Aside from making processors for mobile phones and tablets, Qualcomm also makes SoCs for wearables through the Snapdragon Wear line. Its latest platform—the Snapdragon Wear 4100+, improves on last years’ Snapdragon Wear 3100 with its 12nm architecture and 1.7 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU. An Adreno 504 handles the GPU side, and the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ has support for 750 MHz LPDDR3 memory and eMMC 4.5 storage. Making this chipset interesting is that it has dual ISPs that support up to 16-megapixel cameras—that might mean that there will be smartwatches with cameras in the near future.

Going through the features, the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ is said to be 85% better performing than the Snapdragon Wear 3100. It comes with an integrated 4G LTE modem, dedicated DSP, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, and a newer AON co-processor that has a better battery life and support for up to 64k colors. The vanilla Snapdragon 4100 loses AON co-processor but is identical to its + sibling.

 

The new platform will natively support Wear OS, with the mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 being one of the first smartwatches to support the new chipset.

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