Qualcomm has made several announcements at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018. We’ve already covered Snapdragon 632, 639, and 629 processors for mid- and high-tier smartphones, but the company has also finally announced a new SoC for wearables succeeding Snapdragon Wear 2100. Meet Snapdragon Wear 2500, specifically targeting 4G children watches.
- Processor – 4x Arm Cortex A7
- GPU – Adreno-class GPU
- Connectivity – Fifth generation 4G LTE modem with RF front-end (RFFE), location engine, “Bluetooth streaming architecture”, NXP NFC solution
- Camera I/F – 5MP
- Ultra-low power sensor hub working with InvenSense sensors
- Power – Wearable PMIC reducing Rock Bottom Sleep Current (RBSC) by percent, charger, fuel gauge
- Compact package
Snapdragon Wear 2500 is designed for low power with up to 14 percent longer battery life for both active and standby modes of operation compared Wear 2000.
Interestingly, Wear 2500 won’t be optimized for Wear OS by Google – previously known as Android Wear -, but instead the company has worked on a version of Android optimized for kid watches, and based on Android Oreo so that it can work with just 512MB RAM.
Huawei will be the lead customer to launch products based on Wear 2500, and Qualcomm is also working with InvenSense to optimize sensors algorithm, while Intrinsyc will introduce a Snapdragon Wear 2500 development kit in Q3 2018.