Three Google Pixel smartwatches reportedly coming with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100
Earlier today we wrote about a Pixel-branded smartwatch being announced at Google’s Fall hardware event. This information came from the reliable Evan Blass and included mentions of the Pixel 3/3XL and next-gen Pixel Buds. However, a new report claims we won’t be seeing just one Pixel smartwatch. There will be three models and they will feature a Qualcomm chip that was unnamed prior to this point.
WinFuture reports that there are three “Google Smart Watches” codenamed “Ling, Triton,” and “Sardine.” They do not know what the difference between the variants will be, whether it’s size, connectivity, or something else. They do say the devices will include GPS, LTE, VoLTE, Bluetooth including apt-X, WiFi, pedometer, heart-rate monitor, and other health features. Google, Qualcomm, and others have been working on this for over a year. We already knew Qualcomm was set to finally release a new chip for Wear OS devices. It appears these devices will be getting the new chip and it will be called the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100.
The Snapdragon 3100 is a variant of the Snapdragon 2100. It features a quad-core CPU with an unknown clock rate. Qualcomm is using the ARM Cortex-A7 architecture and Adreno 304 GPU. As previously reported, manufacturing remains on the 28nm process. The main benefit of this new chip is a power management integrated circuit that’s being called “Blackghost.”
“Blackghost” may run continuously and separately from the main processor, which is only used when the device is active. This would allow the watch to respond to voice commands without being woke up. There will also be several new power modes, such as the one introduced in Android P, to help users get the best battery life possible.
Besides the Pixel smartwatches, WinFuture also claims the Snapdragon 3100 will be featured in devices from Fossil, Louis Vuitton, Movado, and TAG Huer. Fashion brands have been some of the few who are still supporting Wear OS, so it’s no surprise to see these brands. Hopefully, the new Qualcomm chip will bring more Android OEMs back to the platform.