After teasing the next-generation wearable SoC last week, Qualcomm has officially announced the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 and the W5+ Gen 1 SoC. Both these new chipsets are built on the 4nm process and they bring major improvements compared to the older chipsets. Qualcomm claims that both these new chipsets offer two times higher performance using half as much power as the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform. Smartwatches with these new chipset are expected to hit the market as early as next month. Let us take a closer look at the specifications of the W5 Gen 1 and the W5+ Gen 1 SoC ahead.
Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1, W5+ Gen 1 SoC Specifications
As mentioned above, both these new chipsets are built on a 4nm process. The Snapdragon W5+ consumes 50 percent lower power and features 2X higher performance, 2X richer features, and 30% smaller size compared to the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ SoC. The chipset has 4x Arm Cortex-A53 cores and Cortex-M55 core for AI/ML tasks. The SoC is paired with a 1GHz Adreno 702 GPU.
Furthermore, the chipset features ultra-low power Bluetooth v5.3 architecture, Wi-Fi, GNSS, Audio, and support for low power states such as Deep Sleep and Hibernate. When it comes to the differences between the Snapdragon W5 and the W5+, the former lacks the AON co-processor. The co-processor offered in the Plus variant offers low power notifications, keyword detection, improved always-on display functionality and more ultra-low power ambient experiences.
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Qualcomm has also announced its partnership with Compel and Pegatron to create reference design using Snapdragon W5+ to help partners develop products faster. When it comes to the availability of these new SoCs in wearables, OPPO will be the first manufacturer to introduce the Watch 3 series with the Snapdragon W5 wearable platform in August. The company is expected to make the announcement of the OPPO Watch 3 series on August 3. Mobvoi will also feature the Snapdragon W5+ Wearable Platform in upcoming TicWatch smartwatches which will be launching this fall.