New Snapdragon Wear chip will allow thinner watches, better battery life

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear chip. Photo: Qualcomm

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear chip. Photo: Qualcomm

Qualcomm has unveiled a new Snapdragon chip designed specifically for wearable gadgets. It’s called the Snapdragon Wear 2100, and it promises to allow thinner and more powerful wearables with better battery life.

The 2100 is the first in a series of Snapdragon Wear chips that hope to make Android Wear watches and other wearables even greater. It comes in two flavors: tethered, which offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and connected, which also boasts 4G LTE and 3G.

What makes the 2100 really special is how advanced it is in comparison with the Snapdragon 400 — the chip that a large number of Android Wear watchmakers are currently using.

Not only is it more intelligent, with smarter sensors that are even more accurate, low-energy Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and the latest LTE technology, but it’s also 30 percent smaller, allowing future smartwatches to become thinner and lighter.

The 2100 also uses 25 percent less power than the Snapdragon 400, which means you’ll get better battery life in between charges.

“With the introduction of the Snapdragon Wear platform and Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, Qualcomm Technologies is well-positioned to extend its progress in wearables technology by enabling sleek designs, long battery life, smart sensing, and always- connected experiences in the next generation of wearable devices,” the company says.

The Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip is available to manufacturers now, and LG will be one of the first to adopt it in new devices launching later this year.