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- Extra particulars of Qualcomm’s rumored Snapdragon Put on 5100 smartwatch chipset have leaked.
- The SoC is alleged to retain its predecessor’s quad-core A53 design however improve to LPDDR4X RAM.
- For extra adventurous OEMs, the chipset might additionally convey dual-camera assist to wearables.
Information that Qualcomm is engaged on a doable new wearable chipset first broke cowl final month. These preliminary reviews pointed to the chipset’s rumored Snapdragon Wear 5100 moniker and provided some common design particulars. Now, a brand new report supplies extra inventory to these findings.
In keeping with WinFuture, the Snapdragon Put on 5100 makes use of a quad-core design however sticks with the Arm Cortex-A53 CPUs utilized by the Snapdragon Wear 4100 sequence. Preliminary rumors pointed to 4 A73 cores, which might lead to a marked processing energy bump. However, Qualcomm is probably going privileging effectivity over outright pace. Contemplating the lackluster battery longevity of Wear OS smartwatches versus its rivals, the transfer would we welcome.
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Qualcomm might discover efficiency positive aspects in different areas, although. One prototype reportedly makes use of 2GB of LPDDR4X RAM which ought to lead to each energy consumption and bandwidth enhancements over the 4100 sequence’ LPDDR3 RAM. 16GB of eMMC storage additionally options, which might be a boon for offline music and app storage.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Put on 5100: Help for twin cameras?
Extra curiously, some prototypes reportedly pack assist for twin cameras with 5MP and 16MP sensors in tow. We’ve seen cameras land on some smartwatches up to now. Despite the fact that the Snapdragon 4100 sequence helps 16MP shooters, they’ve but to make an impression on flagship wearables. In idea, cameras on smartwatches may very well be helpful for authentication functions or video calling on LTE watches, however there’s no proof of any smartwatch maker contemplating both use at current.
Lastly, the report suggests Samsung and China’s SMIC are within the working to provide the chipset. It’s, nonetheless, unclear when manufacturing will start or once we’ll see the primary wearables working the SoC. As it’s, solely a handful of units use Snapdragon Put on 4100 sequence silicon effectively after its June 2020 launch. However a brand new chip may very well be important for future Put on OS smartwatches to maintain tempo with Samsung’s Exynos-powered Galaxy Watch 4 sequence.