One thing that practically every modern Wear OS-based smartwatch has in common is its reliance on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear platform, which has always lagged behind the proprietary silicon Apple and Samsung have squeezed into their watches.
With the newly-announced Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ however, it looks as though Qualcomm might finally be looking to help even the playing field.
Compared to 2018’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 – which itself was only a mild improvement over 2015’s Wear 2100 (adding a co-processor for improved ambient capabilities), Qualcomm claims that performance has been improved by 85%, while battery longevity is now 25% greater.
The main difference between the standard and ‘plus’ version of the Wear 4100 is the addition of a new AON (always-on) co-processor, which comes with its own partitioned memory and performance.
This means a richer always-on user experience, with support for a wider colour gamut on always-on watch faces, as well as more efficient constant heart-rate monitoring and step counting, not to mention sleep tracking is now truly viable on Snapdragon Wear hardware.