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Qualcomm's Wear 2500 chip will power a new generation of kids' smartwatches

28 June 2018

Largest chipmaker Qualcomm, today announced three new Mobile Platforms- Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439 and the Snapdragon 429 as upgrades to the Snapdragon 626, Snapdragon 435 and the Snapdragon 425/427 mobile processors. Built with FinFET process technology advancements, the Snapdragon 439 and 429 Mobile Platforms improve CPU performance and power efficiency by up to 25% [3]. Built on advanced FinFET process technology, the Snapdragon 632 boasts up to 40% higher performance [2] thanks to the combination of the Qualcomm® Kryo™ 250 CPU and Qualcomm® Adreno™ 506 GPU.

At Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, Qualcomm has finally unveiled a new Snapdragon Wear platform for smartwatches, but it's not aimed at higher end Wear OS devices, instead it's meant to help power the burgeoning kids smartwatch market.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 439 and Snapdragon 429 SoCs have been created to help deliver "popular mobile experiences for the mass market, price-sensitive consumers". It features a quad-core CPU, with four Cortex A53 cores, where all four are performance cores clocked at 1.95GHz, with Qualcomm calming to offer up to 25 percent performance improvement. Qualcomm says that more than 1,350 commercial devices are now based on Snapdragon 600-tier SoCs. Additionally, the Snapdragon 439 SoC comes along with support for full-HD+ display, while the Snapdragon 429 processor has HD+ display support. In terms of cameras, the Snapdragon 626 supports up to 24MP single-camera or 13MP dual cameras.

Along with the Snapdragon 632, Qualcomm has also revealed the Snapdragon 439 and 429. It also supports an HD+ screen resolution of 720p and includes the Adreno 504 GPU for 50% quicker graphics rendering. Both the Snapdragon 439 and Snapdragon 429 also feature X6 LTE model for fast downloads and smooth video streaming. While both the chipsets support up to 8MP dual cameras, the Snapdragon 439 can feature a 21MP single camera and the Snapdragon 429 is limited to the 16MP single camera. When asked about how Qualcomm's Wear 2500 would help protect sensitive information about children, it pointed out that the company must adhere to children's data laws.

Instead of running the full Wear OS experience, with all the distractions and the power thirst, future wearable devices packing the Wear 2500 SoC will be "based" on Android O, consuming as little energy as possible and fitting in a 512MB memory "footprint". Even though it provides processors for wearables, the company clearly sees a big opportunity in tailoring its technology for the fast-growing kids smartwatch market.

Qualcomm's Wear 2500 chip will power a new generation of kids' smartwatches