It’s been a year since Qualcomm officially launched its latest wearable processors, the Wear 4100 and Wear 4100+. Although it was only a few days ago that they were first released in the Fossil Gen 6, it seems clear that Qualcomm is already preparing its successor, the possible Snapdragon Wear 5100.
This smartwatch processor has been leaked tentatively in recent weeks, but without many specific details. Now, WinFuture has collected a few details about it which unfortunately point to a moderate renovation, where the same structure of the previous generation would be kept, with Cortex A53 cores.
Quad Core Cortex-A53
After a few years of resting on its laurels, Qualcomm’s wearables department woke up from its slumber with the Snapdragon 4100, which made the jump to 12nm, after a Snadpragon 3100 which still followed the 28nm process. In practice, and according to Qualcomm’s measurements, this processor assumed 85% more CPU and memory speed, a 2.5 times faster GPU, and a camera with twice the resolution.
The jump to the Snapdragon 5100 – if it ends up being called that – may not be so pronounced. According to sources at WinFuture, this processor would retain the Cortex-A53 quad-core structure, contrary to previous rumors that a more powerful Cortex-A73 could be added to the mix. For reference, ARM’s Cortex-A53 cores have been official since 2012; the Cortex-A73 date from 2016.
The speed of the cores is still unknown, so it would be possible that there is an increase in performance, although it may not be a steep jump. Like the previous generation, the Snapdragon 5100 is expected to feature an ultra-efficient coprocessor to perform the most mundane tasks, such as logging sensor health data.
According to this source, Qualcomm is testing this processor in various prototypes including devices with up to 2GB of LPDDR4X RAM (the Snapdragon 4100 supports LPDDR3 RAM) and up to 16GB of eMMC storage. However, the curious thing is that the tests include a device with two cameras, one with 16 and the other with 5 megapixels.
For the moment, nothing confirmed, not even the name of the processor, despite the fact that the code name of the SW5100 seems to give a good clue. At the moment, there is no tentative date on which Qualcomm could announce its new generation of smartwatch processors.
Via | Gizmochine