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Qualcomm is preparing Snapdragon Wear 5100 and 5100+ chips for smartwatches – they will consume less power than their predecessors

The German resource WinFuture has published preliminary information about the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 5100 and Wear 5100+ platform, designed for wearable devices running Wear OS. The need for new chips for smart watches and not only is ripe due to the fact that the current Wear 4100 and Wear 4100+ are almost two years old.

The new SoCs will reportedly be manufactured by Samsung, using a 4nm process, which means the new Wear 5100 and Wear 5100+ should be significantly more economical than their 12nm predecessors. However, Qualcomm has decided to continue using the Arm Cortex-A53 processor cores found in the Wear 4100 and Wear 4100+. Moreover, the manufacturer decided not to overclock them, leaving the same 1.7 GHz.

Positive changes include support for LPDDR4x memory – predecessors only had LPDDR3; smart watches on the new platform will receive 2 or 4 GB of RAM. A significant increase in performance in graphics tasks is also expected: the Adreno 504 will be replaced by the Adreno 720 accelerator, the details of which are still unknown, but there is a version that its clock frequency will be 700 MHz, which is more than 2 times higher than its predecessor. According to the source, the new chip will support the main 16-megapixel and additional 13-megapixel cameras. And finally, the Arm Cortex-M55 based QCC5100 co-processor is reported, which will be available only in the Wear 5100+ version. Unfortunately, the timing of the announcement of new processors and smart watches for them has not yet been specified.


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