Wearables are big in mobile right now, with most every major manufacturer selling a smartwatch or similar device to strap onto your wrist. Many of them — including the Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) that you see above — are equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor, an older chip that was originally used in smartphones. But now Qualcomm has outed a processor specifically designed for use in wearable devices.
The Snapdragon Wear 2100 is a new system-on-chip that Qualcomm says is 30 percent smaller than the Snapdragon 400 an includes an integrated low-power sensor hub that’s more accurate than the SD400. However, perhaps the biggest improvement from the Snapdragon 400 to the Snapdragon Wear 2100 is that the 2100 uses 25 percent less power than the 400, which will help your wearable’s battery last longer on a single charge.
Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon Wear 2100 is compatible with Android Wear as well as next-gen smartwatches, smart bands, smart eyewear, and smart headsets. The chipset is available in tethered (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) as well as connected (4G LTE and 3G) versions. The Snapdragon Wear 2100 is available starting today, but it’s unclear when we’ll see the first smartwatch powered by the new chipset.
It doesn’t look like Android Wear is going anywhere any time soon, so it’s good to see a new chipset that’s designed for use in those smartwatches. While the Snapdragon 400 that’s in most every Android Wear smartwatch to date has worked alright, a processor that’s designed explicitly for use in wearables should help in bringing to market thinner watches that get better battery life. So if you’re an Android Wear fan, the Snapdragon Wear 2100 smartwatches will be worth looking forward to.