Smartwatches, fitness trackers and wearables for kids all need different specs, features and form factors. That's why Qualcomm has announced another wearable tech focused processor at this year's Computex, the Snapdragon Wear 1100.
Unlike the Wear 2100 which was announced at MWC and aimed to extend the battery life of smartwatches, this new processor is geared towards low power wearables that track health and fitness or your child/elderly relative's whereabouts.
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It's good to see Qualcomm targeting its tech at specific use cases and types of wearables, rather than relying on a one size fits all processor. Despite Intel's efforts, Qualcomm has powered more high profile smartwatches and with this move, it's recognising a future beyond this one category. Interestingly, at Computex, ARM was focused on mobile VR performance.
As for what the Wear 1100 offers, there's built-in LTE and 3G as well as the more standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi alongside voice commands, its iZat location engine for geofencing and an app processor for Linux based apps.
It's available to tech companies now so we should see the first Wear 1100 powered wearables fairly soon. In fact a bunch of smartwatches for kids from Anda Technologies, WeBandz and inWatch have already been announced. We'll have the details if and when more devices are launched.