A new chip for Wear OS watches is coming soon

Wear OS watches could finally get the upgraded chip they desperately need (via 9to5Google). Qualcomm teased the possibility in a video posted on Twitterstating that its next Snapdragon smartwatch chip is “coming soon”.

After Samsung and Google announced their collaboration on Wear OS 3 last summer, Qualcomm announced that it will be rolling out a new chip next year. It looks like Qualcomm is delivering on that promise, although we don’t know when it will launch. (Maybe Google will use it in its next Pixel Watch).

Snapdragon chips power a number of Wear OS watches. But its newest, the Wear 4100 series, was only included in a handful of watches, including the TicWatch Pro 3, the lackluster Fossil Gen 6, and the pricey Montblanc Summit 3. It’s been about two years since the original launch of the 4100, and Wear OS smartwatches need to be upgraded (except the Exynos W920-powered Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, the first to run Wear OS 3).

Rumors indicate that Qualcomm’s upcoming 5100 and 5100 Plus processors will be built on Samsung’s 4 nanometer (nm) process. The smaller form factor could translate to better battery life and efficiency compared to the 5nm process of the Exynos W920 and the 7nm process of the Apple Watch Series 7 chip. If true, that would also be a huge departure from the 12nm process used by the Wear 4100 and 4100 Plus.

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