Qualcomm is sending invitations to an event on September 10 in San Francisco. The invitation shows a watch along with the slogan “It’s Time,” which suggests that the American chipmaker is poised to bring the successor to Snapdragon Wear 2100. The current wearable processor, though aged, has been the primary choice of Wear OS. technology-based smartwatch makers (formerly known as Android Wear) since they were launched two years ago. There have been rumors in recent months that Qualcomm can finally bring a successor and September 10 appears to be that date.
The invitation makes no mention of a next-generation wearable chipset, but as Qualcomm no longer makes smartwatches, all logic points to a new processor. Qualcomm’s senior director of wearables Pankaj Kedia said in May that the company would announce a new integrated system of wearable chips this fall along with a flagship device. The device in question is still a mystery and should come from one of several Qualcomm partners.
As for the next generation chipset in question, the reports suggest that the processor will be more energy-efficient to improve the battery life of smartwatches running the Google platform. You can also expect improvements in performance and speed to keep up with the demands of newer software. The future SoC should allow manufacturers to improve and advance Wear OS-based wearables in the coming months.
While it’s still a mystery to know when we’ll see the first set of smart wearables to shake up the next generation chipset, it’s possible that one of the devices comes from Google. The company is due to hold a hardware event sometime in October where it will announce its next set of Pixel phones and rumors that a new SO Wear-based smartwatch will also be unveiled and will be powered by Qualcomm’s new chipset.