Snapdragon W5+ and W5 Gen 1 Wearable Platforms Will Make Upcoming Smartwatches Better Than Ever

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Better battery life, faster performance, and a better user experience are just as important for smartwatches as for smartphones. The new Snapdragon W5+ and W5 wearable platforms will provide all of the above in slimmer devices.

Snapdragon W5+ and W5 Gen 1 Wearable Platforms Will Make Upcoming Smartwatches Better Than Ever

The flagship Snapdragon W5+ wearable platform can lower power consumption by 50% while giving two times higher performance and two times richer features — in a 30% smaller size compared to the previous generation Snapdragon wear 4100+ platform.

Comparison of previous Snapdragon wear 4100+ platform and Snapdragon W5+ wearable platform

The Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 Wearable Platform utilizes an ultra-low power Bluetooth 5.3 architecture, low power islands for Wi-Fi, GNSS, and Audio, and low power states that include Deep Sleep and Hibernate. Low power in this regard means better battery life, so this is a big deal!

Snapdragon W5+ and W5 Gen 1 Wearable Platforms Will Make Upcoming Smartwatches Better Than Ever

Think about this, if your previous generation Bluetooth smartwatch was able to last 28 hours with a 300mAh battery, the next generation running Snapdragon W5+ will get 15 more hours, for a total of 43 hours of battery life.

But it gets even better.

You might have been able to expect around 36 hours of battery life from a previous generation 4G-connected smartwatch with a 450mAh battery; with the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1, you’ll be able to get an additional 18 more hours for a total of 54 hours of battery life.

A previous generation 4G-connected sports watch with a 600mAh battery would have given about 48 hours of wear, but with the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1, 24 hours more is possible, for a total of 72 hours of battery life.

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The new Snapdragon W5+ also promises smoother immersive and interactive experiences, including more responsive app scrolling, smoother video playback, 3D maps and navigation, 2-way video calling, smart device control, and more.

The first smartwatch powered by the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 Wearable Platform will be the Mobvoi TicWatch flagship smartwatch coming out this fall, and you can expect more to follow.

Snapdragon W5+ and W5 Gen 1 Wearable Platforms Will Make Upcoming Smartwatches Better Than Ever

The OPPO Watch 3 will launch in August as the first smartwatch powered by the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 Wearable Platform. The W5 Wearable Platform is for specific segment markets, including smartwatches made for Kids, Seniors, Health, Enterprise, and China.

You can learn more about the Snapdragon W5+ and W5 Platforms here.

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Judie Lipsett Stanford
I've had a fascination with all types of gadgets and gizmos since I was a child, beginning with the toy robot that my grandmother gave my brother - which I promptly "relieved him of" in 1973. I'm a self-professed gadget magpie. I can't tell you how everything works, but I'm known world-wide for using a product until I have a full understanding of what it does, what its limitations are, and if it excels in any given area — or not.