While the popularity of Apple Watch and other affordable exercise bands has been increasing over the past year, their Wear OS smart watches have been completely removed from the map. Google has struggled to save its smart watch platform, but in vain, with hardware concerns aged at the top of the list. Well, the Wear operating system could soon be receiving a big boost with the launch of the most powerful and energy efficient Snapdragon Wear chips.
According to the WinFuture report, it is said that Qualcomm is working on two new Snapdragon Wear chips that carry the code names WTP2700 and WTP429W. Both are currently in the "Engineering Verification Tests" (EVT) phase and are likely to be called Snapdragon Wear 2700 or Snapdragon Wear 429 respectively.
The Snapdragon Wear 429 platform is expected to be a modified version of the Snapdragon 429 mobile chipset, which powers the entry-level Nokia 3.2 smartphone. The new Wear chips will be a massive update on the platform on which their predecessor is based.
Compared to the 28 nm process used in the previous Snapdragon Wear chip sets, these new platforms are based on the 12 nm process. This means greater energy efficiency, which is very necessary to help a smaller device that sits on your wrist all day last longer. This could also be the first Wear chip set from with a 64-bit CPU .
Snapdragon 429, for those who do not know, contains 4 ARM Cortex A-53 cores with a clock speed of 2.0GHz, a much higher frequency than the latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform. Both platforms are being tested with 1 GB of LPDDR3 RAM memory and 8 GB of eMMC 5.1 storage, which is approximately double the current specifications of Wear OS watches.
Support for Bluetooth 5.0 and LTE will add to the energy savings and make the new platforms more attractive. The "Track 3" function, which will possibly help measure steps and other activities, has also been detected in the Snapdragon Wear chipsets. These platforms are currently under development and there is no timeline for when they arrive at the commercial Wear OS smartwatches.