MediaTek caught a lot of Computex 2016 attendees off guard and made plenty of headlines yesterday with the announcement of its own groundbreaking fast-charging solution for Android smartphones, but if you were expecting Qualcomm to unveil something similarly innovative at the Taipei expo, we’re sorry to disappoint.
Then again, it’s clearly far too early for Quick Charge 3.0 or Snapdragon 820 follow-ups, so all things considered, it’s nice to see even a new entry-level Snapdragon Wear processor brought to light and commercially launched inside low-cost wearables from low-profile companies Anda, inWatch and WeBandz.
As the name suggests, the Snapdragon Wear 1100 covers those wrist-worn and head-strapped devices the Wear 2100 can’t due to retail pricing and performance limitations. Specifically, you should look for the SoC to monopolize the connected kid and elderly watch market before long, as well as fitness trackers, smart headsets, and various wearable accessories. In short, the fast growing “targeted-purpose wearables segments.”
While obviously no powerhouse, the Snapdragon Wear 1100 supports global 3G and LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and voice, enabling a “seamlessly connected experience.” It also offers enhanced accuracy and power optimization for location services, plus general frugality, courtesy of a Power Save Mode and “industry leading compact packages.”
It remains to be seen if Fitbit, Garmin or Microsoft will be convinced of the chip’s many apparent benefits, with its prospective integration on popular activity trackers and smart bands sounding way more exciting than kid watch Latin America releases by Anda Technologies.