Qualcomm working on New Wearable chipset based on Snapdragon 429 SoC
When it comes to wearables, especially in Android, apart from Samsung, all the others rely on Qualcomm based chipsets and run on Google’s Wear OS. And, the chipset maker currently has Snapdragon Wear 3100 launched last year, which was a minor leap from its previous iteration (SD Wear 2100) since both were built-on 32-bit architecture. Most of the Wear OS devices still run on these chipsets developed by Qualcomm. However, new reports are suggesting the chipset maker is finally re-designing a new chipset focused for Wear OS devices.
The WinFuture report suggests that Qualcomm is working on a Snapdragon Wear 429 chipset (or might be Snapdragon Wear 2700), which is said to be built on 64-bit architecture — a significant shift from the current chipsets. It is expected to be named Wear 429 since it is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 429 SoC. The report further indicates that chipset is making not one but two wearable testing platforms bearing WTP2700 and WTP429W model numbers, which are supposedly in Equipment Verification testing phase.
These chipsets are said to be notable upgrades when compared to the predecessors developed by Qualcomm. With the new 64-bit architecture support, the chipsets would also be including Cortex A53 cores as well. Further, these new alleged Snapdragon Wear 2700 chipsets are said to be built on a 12nm process, while the older Wear 3100 was built on a 28nm process, which suggests these chipsets would be more energy efficient. As aforementioned, these chipsets which are in the testing phase are paired with 1GB RAM and 8GB of onboard storage as well.
Furthermore, these chipsets will also support the latest Bluetooth 5.0 and also come with LTE support. It is still unclear on when we can see these chipsets come to life on Wear OS devices; however, the report suggests these chipsets will be most likely available by 2020. The chipset maker Qualcomm has recently unveiled its new 215 SoC targeted for entry-level smartphones, and it is similarly built on 64-bit architecture. Stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more such interesting updates.