Snapdragon Wear 5100 chipset for upcoming Android smartwatches shows up online

Highlights
  • Qualcomm’s new wearable chipset called the Snapdragon Wear 5100 has shown up online. 
  • It shows up as the SW5100 and is codenamed Monaco. 
  • Snapdragon Wear 5100 could be one of the first chipsets to run Wear OS 3.0. 

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear silicon in action. The chipmaker didn’t seem too thrilled to manufacture them, given the absolute state of Android Wearables. It appears that Google and Samsung’s collaboration towards making WearOS better has reignited Qualcomm’s passion to re-enter the wearable silicon market. XDA Developers has now stumbled upon the Snapdragon Wear 5100, aka Qualcomm’s upcoming smartwatch chipset in some code snippets. It shows up as SW5100 on the Code Aurora Forum. However, little is known about the Snapdragon Wear 5100 specs at this point. For now, the only thing we know is that the Snapdragon Wear 5100 will be codenamed ‘Monaco’. 

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It is hard to tell when we’ll get to see the Snapdragon Wear 5100 in action. For now, it only exists as an obscure snipped in a code repository somewhere. However, we now know for a fact that it exists and could be unveiled soon, hopefully alongside some new wearables. Previously, we saw the OPPO launch the OPPO Watch 2 with a Snapdragon Wear 4100 under the hood, and it’ll be nice if its successor uses the Snapdragon Wear 5100. 

The Snapdragon Wear 5100 could also run a new iteration of the Wear OS platform i.e Wear OS 3.0. The update is due later this year and promises to add several new features As far as the Snapdragon Wear 5100 specs are concerned, we’re probably looking at the same ARM Cortex-A53 cores, but at a higher clock speed and a few minor QoL improvements here and there. Wearables aren’t particularly resource-heavy, so one can get away with using old hardware. Besides, it’s the software side of things that matters more.