30 days of battery life on a smartwatch...Impossible... until now! Qualcomm are about to change the smartwatch game, & the time is now. Enter the Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor.
There were just a few 1st generation smartwatches on the market. I actually went out and got one. Do you know what the the biggest problem that I had with this smartwatch... when it ran out of power it became pretty stupid.
Good news! Times they are changing & Qualcomm just announced the next generation smarter smart-wear processor. The Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100.
Qualcomm is actually the number 1 player in the smartwatch market with around 200 available smartwear devices and that's about 80% market share in wearables.
1st GEN Smartwear
So we had the 1st gen, which was just a handful of watches from manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Huawei, Motorola ect. The majority of these devices were running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon wear 400 platform. Qualcomm pioneered the wearable tech processor successfully, but still battery life was a problem.
2nd GEN Smartwear
Then came the 2nd generation smartwear. Qualcomm Snapdragon wear 2100 platform ushered in a new wave of watches. With sports brands & designers like LV, Michael Kors and many other big designer brands getting onboard the smartwear train.
NEXT GEN Smartwear
Now let's talk 3gen... Starting this year 2018. Qualcomm has designed this new smart-wear processor from the ground up. I think this could be the time now for smartwear to blow up. Not literally...you know what I mean.
So it's here. The all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 platform. This new chip has a similar a7 processor the Snapdragon Wear 2100, but this time there are 4 of them, as well as an all-new DSP and most significantly a new ultra-low power co-processor. This co-processor will allow your smartwatch to remain smart for much much longer.
For example, if you go for a designer smartwatch...and you mainly just use it for telling the time and some basic notifications and apps...then you could see your smartwatch lasting up to 30 days on a single charge. That is just awesome.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 does this by switching back and forth between the power-hungry A7 processors and DSP when needed and the new ultra low Co-processor. Which uses 20times less power.
This new platform is going to improve battery life right across the board, if you're using your watch for sports with HR monitor on & GPS on, you're going to get around 5 times more battery life than the 2nd gen sports watches.
I'm really excited to see what the OEM's can do with this new technology. I have been waiting a long time to see a smartwatch that could interest me enough to purchase a new smart timepiece. Maybe that time is now.
I'll be on the lookout for these new Snapdragon wear 3100 devices to review, so make sure you subscribe to the WhatGear YouTube Channel for updates.