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Qualcomm reportedly working on a new 64-bit smartwatch processor

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What you need to know

  • Qualcomm's reportedly developing a new smartwatch chipset.
  • It's based on a 64-bit architecture and will come with 1GB of RAM.
  • Possible names include Wear 429 and Wear 2700.

Last year, Qualcomm promised a revitalization of Wear OS smartwatches with the release of its Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. The chip was supposed to breathe new life into the wearable market, but instead, it ended up being a flop thanks to choppy performance and unimpressive battery life.

Thankfully, it looks like Qualcomm's gearing up to try again. According to a report from WinFuture, the company is developing a new smartwatch SoC that'll either be called the "Snapdragon Wear 429" or "Snapdragon Wear 2700."

Essentially a modified version of the Snapdragon 429 processor for smartphones, the new smartwatch chip is said to have a 64-bit architecture, use the newer Cortex A53 CPU, and have 8GB of storage along with 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM. For comparison's sake, the Wear 3100 only supports a 32-bit design and has an older Cortex A7 CPU.

There's mention of a "Track3" component for the platform, which WinFuture says will likely be used to offer better efficiency/battery life. Other things worth highlighting include Bluetooth 5.0, EMMC 5.1 flash memory support, and an LTE modem.

Qualcomm is believed to be in early development of the new chip, meaning it'll likely be a while before it comes to market.

The prospect of a new processor for Wear OS that actually delivers on its promises is quite exciting, but Google's going to need more than just a new chipset if it wants to dig Wear OS out of the rut it's been in for a few years now.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

5 Comments
  • Good. Samsung's Exynos 9110 and apple's S4(?) make the Qualcomm chip look like a total joke. Although the fact it's a modified phone chip rather than a ground up design makes me skeptical... Not that I can really blame them, hard to justify the investment when they'll probably sell 3000 units.
  • This time things are going to be different
  • Where are the wear 3100 watches?
  • "Cortex A53 CPU"
    Wow, a 7 year old Cortex cores, such an update.....
  • It’s a friggin watch bro, and I can guarantee you’ve never owned one, because if you did you would know they perform great with those specs, you know why? Because it’s a fricken watch!