The general consensus seems to be that smartwatches are a great idea with a lot of potential, but current smartwatches are still pretty limited, and most people don’t find them enticing enough to actually purchase. In order for smartwatches to become more popular, the technology that powers them needs to progress to the point where people no longer look at them with little more than mild interest, and one of the companies helping to bring about that progression is Qualcomm. Naturally, that help is coming in the form of a new processor, known as the Snapdragon Wear 2100, which doesn’t bring much in the way of new features, but it’s more efficient than its predecessor, which powers most of the smartwatches that we see today.
Meet the heart of your next wearable device: the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. It supports the most important features that the next generation of wearable devices will need—including always-on connectivity, with low power usage for long battery life. And it’s smaller, so devices can be, too. Wearables using the Snapdragon 2100 can support users who want to take their devices on the go—and leave their smartphones behind. The processor is available in two versions: tethered (which uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) and connected. In the connected version, the processor’s next-generation LTE modem, which also includes low power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, is engineered so users can stream music, answer calls, send messages, and much, much more, all directly via their wearable. The Snapdragon 2100 processor is 30 percent smaller than our previous-generation wearable processors, enabling thinner, sleeker product designs. An integrated, ultra-low power sensor hub supports richer algorithms with greater accuracy, providing a cohesive picture of users and their environments. And whether tethered or connected, the processor uses 25 percent less power, extending the wearable’s battery life and offering manufacturers more freedom to innovate in features and design.