According to Qualcomm, which is developing new W5 chips to compete with Apple and Samsung, your next smartwatch can run for 90 hours.
The chips, called Snapdragon W5 and W5 Plus, measure just four nanometers, which is a fraction of the 80,000 nanometers of a human hair.
The US-based company notes that the secret lies in the chips’ ability to transfer heat efficiently and a new energy-saving mode.
This function only ‘wakes up’ functions needed to perform tasks and hibernates the others to save energy.
Oppo is expected to be the first smartwatch maker to use the new chip, with the device launching in August, followed by Mobvoi’s new TicWatch launching this fall – pitting these not-so-popular brands against the powerhouses in the smartwatch space. .
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According to Qualcomm, which is developing new W5 chips to compete with Apple and Samsung, your next smartwatch can run for 90 hours. The chips, called Snapdragon W5 and W5 Plus, measure just four nanometers, which is a fraction of the 80,000 nanometers of a human hair.
While the Apple Watch may be the most popular, it only offers up to 18 hours of use.
Samsung’s Galaxy watch, on the other hand, has a battery that lasts about 40 hours.
The key player in Qualcomm’s new chips is their ability to reduce battery power.
This is done by only ‘waking up’ functions that are being used and ‘resting’ the others, CNET reports.
Oppo will be the first smartwatch maker to use the new chip, with the device launching in August. Pictured are the current Oppo smartwatches on the market
While the Apple Watch may be the most popular, it only offers up to 18 hours of use
For example, when you go for a run or listen to music, only the satellite GPS, Wi-Fi and audio functions are activated, while everything else becomes inactive.
Qualcomm says this translates to 57 percent lower power consumption for notifications compared to the latest-generation Wear 4100+ chip — the predecessor to its new Snapdragon W5.
Qualcomm’s senior director of Head and Wearables, Pankaj Kedia, compared this ability to turning on just a few lights to go to the kitchen at night rather than turning on every light in your house.
“The rest of the SoC collapsed so you get a longer battery life,” Kedia said.
And because the chips are 30 percent smaller than what’s currently on the market, smartwatch makers could finally add a camera to their device.
The smaller dimensions also allow companies to design thinner and sleeker watches.
And because Qualcomm’s chips are 30 percent smaller than what’s currently on the market, smartwatch makers can finally add a camera to their device.
According to TechCodexQualcomm’s chips will also include ECG, motion detection, PPG Biosensing (for heart rate monitoring), and optical detection.
Apple is unlikely to use Qualcomm’s chips, but rumors of the tech giant’s upcoming Series 8 suggest it will have a five percent larger display and the ability to track the wearer’s body temperature.
According to prolific Apple tipster Mark Gurman in Los Angeles, the company will add body temperature sensing to its Series 8 model, which is expected to be released this fall.
Meanwhile, another leaker, Ross Young in Austin, Texas, claims that the Series 8’s screen size will measure 1.99 inches diagonally.
This would make the Series 8 the largest Apple Watch screen yet, although the Domiwear DM100 is the largest on the market, with a whopping 2.86-inch screen.
In comparison, the Apple Watch Series 7 released last year was available with a 1.691-inch or a 1.901-inch screen.
Apple is expected to release a total of three smartwatches this fall, including the Series 8, which also reportedly has a flat screen.