Today Qualcomm has shared an invite for an event that’s going to happen on September 10 in San Francisco. This will be all about watches, as you can see from the invite, which means you should get ready for a new wearable chipset to be unveiled.
Hmmm. Just got a save-the-date from Qualcomm. Wonder what’s happening September 10? pic.twitter.com/HVeJrVSo2k
Michael Fisher (@theMrMobile) August 7, 2018
And not a moment too soon, as the Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC that currently powers all of the most recent Wear OS devices is getting rather old. Hopefully the new silicon will enable better battery life for smartwatches running Google’s platform, as that’s always been the Achilles’ heel there. Improved performance and speed wouldn’t be so bad either, but we’re assuming there won’t be any huge leaps in any of these areas.
Then again, the new chip might breathe some new air into Google’s not quite failing (yet) but not quite successful either smartwatch effort. Back in May Qualcomm and Google confirmed they’re working on a new chipset design for wearables, with multiple variants for different use cases, and “significantly” improved battery life.
If the rumors about Google launching its own Pixel watch this fall alongside the new phones pan out, then obviously this new SoC by Qualcomm will power that.