Late last year Qualcomm has launched its latest flagship chipset, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Interestingly, this chipset was developed with 4nm fabrication. A number of smartphone manufacturers have also used the chipset as a driving force for their superior devices, one of which is Samsung.
Now! Now, Qualcomm is reportedly getting ready to use the same 4nm fabrication into its new chipset, which is used for wearables. The Snapdragon Wear 5100 and Snapdragon Wear 5100+ are expected to be manufactured using a 4nm process node.
For those of you who don’t know, Qualcomm previously had the Snapdragon Wear 4100, and the chipset for this wearable was built with 12nm fabrication. Meanwhile, there is also a Snapdragon Wear 3100 which is produced using a 28nm node.
Built with 4nm fabrication, of course Snapdragon Wear 5100 and Snapdragon Wear 5100+ will be more powerful and efficient in terms of power supply than Snapdragon Wear 4100 or Snapdragon Wear 3100. Yes! This is the breakthrough that Qualcomm will demonstrate in the wearables industry.
Other reports also mention that Samsung Foundry will produce this new chipset, but it will also be used by other smartphone manufacturers. That is, this chipset is indeed produced not only limited to wearable devices from Samsung.
It is noteworthy that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset is also being produced by Samsung using the new 4nm process node. If the reports are to be believed, then the difference between the Wear 5100 and 5100+ lies in the packaging. Snapdragon Wear 5100 will separate the SoC and Power Management Integrated Circuit (PMIC).
On the other hand, the Snapdragon Wear 5100+ will have what is known as a Molded Embedded Package (MEP) where everything is packaged together. It is also said to have technology from ARM for heart rate and fall detection as well as to provide better haptics.
Both variants are also said to have four Cortex-A53 cores running at a clock speed of 1.7 GHz along with an Adreno 702 graphics processor running at 700MHz. They will support up to 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and eMMC 5.1 storage.