New Galaxy Watch rivals promise to fix biggest problem with smartwatches

by HomeDecorBeauty

Anyone who’s ever owned a feature-rich smartwatch will be well aware of the biggest problems with these devices. Battery life has long been a major frustration for users due to an ever-growing list of upgrades. Most now have always-on screens, continuous heart monitoring, sleep tracking, and music playback, which usually don’t last more than 24 hours without refills.

That may be about to change, however, as US chipmaker Qualcomm has announced the release of a new processor that promises super-efficiency.

In fact, the company says its new Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 are focused on extending battery life with enhanced features, meaning devices powered by these brains will use 50 percent less power.

While no specific battery life stats are provided, it could mean the watch can last an entire weekend without packing a charger.

In addition to being more efficient, the W5+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 offer improved performance while being 30% smaller.

This size is significant for manufacturers, as it will allow them to produce sleeker, smaller wearables — something more and more consumers are craving.

So far, tech companies including Oppo and Mobvoi have confirmed that they will feature these new chips in upcoming watches, with more to come.

“The wearables industry continues to grow and present opportunities in multiple market segments at an unprecedented rate,” said Pankaj Kedia, senior director of product marketing and global head of smart wearables, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Dragon W5+ and Snapdragon W5 – represent our most advanced leaps to date. These platforms are purpose-built for the next generation of wearables, addressing the most pressing consumers by delivering ultra-low power, breakthrough performance and highly integrated packaging In addition, we have extended our proven hybrid architecture with new low-power innovations such as deep sleep and hibernate states to provide consumers with a premium user experience while extending battery life.”

The news comes as Samsung is expected to unveil its new Galaxy Watch next month. While this latest wearable is unlikely to feature a Qualcomm chip, it’s likely to come with more health features and faster speeds.

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