Qualcomm has announced two new chipsets for wearables – the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 5 Gen 1 and the Wear 5+ Gen 1. The successors of the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ are manufactured on a 4nm fabrication process. Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon Wear 5+ is capable of delivering extended battery life and great performance which will result in a richer user experience. Qualcomm has also worked with Google to optimize Wear OS for its latest processor.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 5+ Gen 1 also brings with an AON co-processor which is fabbed on 22nm process. Let us take a closer look at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 5 Gen 1 and Wear 5+ Gen 1 specifications and features.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 5 Gen 1 and Wear 5+ Gen 2: Specifications and Features
As mentioned before, the Snapdragon Wear 5 Gen 1 and the Wear 5+ Gen 1 are fabbed on a 4nm process. The Snapdragon Wear 5+ Gen 1 consists of four Cortex-A53 cores and a Cortex-M55 core. It comes with an integrated A702 GPU which is clocked at 1GHz. This is a significant boost compared to the Wear 4100+ which offered an A504 GPU clocked at 320MHz.
The latest Snapdragon Wear platforms also bring with them a new M55 dedicated machine learning unit. The AON coprocessor, included with the Wear 5+ Gen 1, is capable of handling background tasks while consuming less power. This co-chip will enable low-power Bluetooth, and WiFi, and will also take care of the notifications, speech processing, as well as audio playback.
As per Qualcomm, these new wearable SoCs will offer 2x the performance compared to the last gen wearable SoC, Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100+. Also, at the same time, the Snapdragon Wear 5+ consumes 50% power compared to Wear 4100+.
Qualcomm is working with Pegatron and Compel to create Snapdragon Wear 5+ Gen 1 powered smartwatches for reference which should help it onboard partners for developing products faster. Qualcomm has also announced that the Oppo and Movoi will be the first watchmakers to launch Snapdragon Wear 5 series processor and there are 25 smartwatches in the pipeline.
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