We could get up to 100W fast charging with the Snapdragon 875

Yolanda Curtis
July 1, 2020

That may be about to change, as smartwatches in the very near future might work a lot more like our phones.

According to a recent report, it seems that the prices of the Snapdragon 875 will be considerably more expensive than the Snapdragon 865 chipset.

The Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus brings a whole host of improvements to "ambient mode" - this mode is engaged when you're not physically looking at, or using, your smartwatch. In ambient mode, the increase in number of colors from 16 to 64K and number kerning is created to make readability crisper and offers more exciting design options. However, more power would also arrive with a more expensive price tag. This includes offloading sleep tracking and heart-rate tracking to this resource-efficient chip instead of the main CPU.

Qualcomm says wearable devices running the Snapdragon Wear 4100 will be shipping soon.

The SoC comprises of quad-core A53 processors, Qualcomm Adreno 504 class graphics processing, faster LPDDR3 memory (750MHz), and dual ISPs with support for up to16 megapixel cameras. Qualcomm said that the 4100 would provide up to 85 percent higher performance, as well as 25 percent better battery life, over the current processor.

Do note that the exact source of the information is not immediately clear. The regular 4100 lacks the co-processor for manufacturers that don't need an ambient display.

The 4G LTE mode, based on 12nm process technology, has been significantly improved from our previous platform with a dedicated DSP, low power features such as eDRX, platform-level power management, support for Cat 4/3/1 and single/dual antennas. Some such wearables have built-in cameras now, but it's certainly not widespread, and until people are ready to ditch their smartphones and rely exclusively on their smartwatches it seems unlikely people will have a need for such wrist-mounted snappers. This will be the successor to this year's Snapdragon 865.

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