Wednesday, 01 July 2020 01:00

Qualcomm launches new platforms for next-generation connected smartwatches

Qualcomm launches new platforms for next-generation connected smartwatches Courtesy Qualcomm

Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, has released the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms – the Wear 4100+ and Ware 4100, which it says are designed for next-generation connected smartwatches based on its hybrid architecture that uses very little power.

In a statement, the company said the 4100+ included a super-fast system-on-chip, an always-on co-processor and many improvements based on the use of 12nm process technology.

“We are delighted to be at the forefront of the fast-paced wearables segment,” said Pankaj Kedia, global business head, smart wearables segment, Qualcomm Technologies.

“We have seen tremendous success with our innovative hybrid architecture, first introduced in the Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform, which brings the best of performance and battery life to wearables.

"Today, we take this unique approach to the next level with the announcement of the Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms which are bringing richer, enhanced experiences to next generation connected smartwatches.”

Suunto president Heikki Norta said: “Suunto and Qualcomm Technologies have had a history of collaboration and launched the Suunto 7 smartwatch to a strong reception earlier this year.

“The Suunto 7, based on Snapdragon Wear 3100 and Wear OS by Google, combines our sports expertise and heritage with the performance and capabilities of Qualcomm Technologies’ innovative hybrid architectural approach.

"Our teams worked together to take full advantage of the platform and bring up to 12 hours of continuous GPS tracking with heart rate across multiple sports activities. We look forward to learning more about the new Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms and expanding our collaboration.”

Qualcomm said the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ architecture included:

  • A high-performance SoC with improved CPU, GPU, memory, cellular modem, and camera sub-systems in 12nm low power process with dual dedicated DSPs for modem/location and sensors/audio;
  • An AON ultra-low power co-processor for offloading a series of use cases including display, sensors, maps, and time; and
  • A stronger AON software interface to manage the interactions between the SoC and the co-processor.

Added Kedia: “We applaud the ingenuity and innovation from our first of many customers, Xiaotiancai and Mobvoi.

“We are pleased that these industry-leading companies are announcing smartwatches based on our Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform today and will be shipping their products later this year.”

Xiaotiancai, the leading brand for children's smartwatches, will base its next generation Z6 Ultra smartwatch on the Snapdragon Wear 4100. It is expected to hit the market in the next 30 days.

“Xiaotiancai and Qualcomm Technologies have been collaborating for a long time and XTC launched a series of smartwatches for children over the last three years,” said Shanshan Shi, director of product, watch phone, Xiaotiancai

“We are pleased to announce our latest offering, the Z6 Ultra watch phone, and be the first Android smartwatch based on the Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform. Over the last year, our two teams collaborated closely to create a truly differentiated product with highly responsive performance, support for video and pictures with dual cameras, faster 4G LTE modem connectivity, and extended battery life, thus bringing a series of exciting new connected experiences to children.”

Industry-leading AI company Mobvoi is announcing its next generation Tic Watch Pro smartwatches based on Wear 4100 platform.

“Mobvoi and Qualcomm have had a long history of collaboration and have launched a series of smartwatches, including the highly acclaimed TicWatch Pro, over the last two years. We are thrilled and honoured to be the first brand to announce our next generation smartwatches based on the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and Wear OS by Google™ platforms,” said chief executive and co-founder Li Zhifei .

The Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms support both the Android Open Source Platform and the Wear OS by Google OS platform. Snapdragon Wear 4100+ and Snapdragon Wear 4100 are shipping now.



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