A while back, we mentioned that Qualcomm was in the process of developing new and upcoming Snapdragon chipsets for wearable devices. Today, the company has finally announced two new chipsets for use in smartwatches, known as the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1, and the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1.
The new chipsets are set to succeed the company’s current Snapdragon Wear 4100, which has been used on a number of different wearable devices such as the Oppo Watch 2, which runs on Google’s Wear OS platform.
Qualcomm says that the W5 and W5+ will offer better power efficiency, although one major difference between the two chipsets is that the non-plus version will not come with an AON Co-Processor. The AON processor will be responsible for handling deep sleep and hibernate power states, low-power Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi, GNSS, and more.
As per Qualcomm’s description, “The Snapdragon® W5+ Gen 1 Wearable Platform is our most advanced wearable platform yet. Purpose-built for next generation wearables, the platform extends the hybrid architecture with a new 4nm SoC and 22nm highly integrated AON Co-Processor that offloads display, sensors, audio, and notifications. Snapdragon W5+ is designed to deliver ultra-low power for extended battery life, breakthrough performance for richer user experiences, and high integration for sleeker, innovative designs.”
Additionally, it’s reported that Mobvoi and Oppo might be the first two manufacturers to make use of the new chips.