While Apple released powerful chipsets for its smartwatches over the years, there wasn’t any real improvement in the Wear OS smartwatch space. Qualcomm’s chipsets had lackluster performance and power efficiency, leading to some below-par watches. Samsung changed that when it launched the Exynos W920 with the Galaxy Watch 4.

It now appears that Qualcomm has finally decided to release a modern chipset for smartwatches. The company started teasing its upcoming smartwatch processor yesterday, revealing “the clock is ticking on something big.” The tweet also featured a watch emoji. Since the company used “something big” in its teaser, we expect Qualcomm to release a high-end smartwatch chipset with a modern fabrication process.

It was leaked a few weeks ago that Qualcomm will soon launch two new wearable chipsets—Snapdragon Wear 5100 and Snapdragon Wear 5100+—made using Samsung Foundry’s 4nm process.

Samsung’s Exynos W920, used in the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, uses Samsung Foundry’s 5nm process node. In comparison, Apple’s S7 chipset is made using TSMC’s 7nm process, while Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100+ uses a 12nm process. If the upcoming Snapdragon chip is really based on the 4nm process, it could translate to considerably faster performance and longer battery life than existing Wear OS smartwatches.

Thanks to the Exynos W920 and Qualcomm’s upcoming chipset, we can see considerable improvements in the Wear OS smartwatch space. Plus, Google’s partnership with Samsung for Wear OS 3 has already resulted in better integration between Android-based phones, tablets, and even Chromebooks.

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