Qualcomm has announced a new Snapdragon 1100 chipset for wearables with focus on trackers and devices made for children. The new Snapdragon 1100 chipset comes with an improved battery life, LTE support and other features.
When it comes to wearables segment, Qualcomm says 80 per cent of Android wear devices are powered by its processors. In February, the chipset manufacturer had announced a new Snapdragon 2100 chipset for wearables.
“When it comes to the wearable segment, the opportunities are many. It’s not just going to be about bands but also smart glasses, VR devices and many more,” said Pankaj Kedia, Qualcomm’s head of wearables.
The new Snapdragon 1100 chipset comes with LTE support and seven days standby, has a smaller size, supports external sensors and will also come with special security features given that this is aimed at devices for children. The performance of the chipset has been optimised for kids’ watches, bands and fitness trackers.
Qualcomm has partnered with various Original Design Manufacturers (ODM) to create new wearables for kids. The idea is to target both parents and children by offering devices which can help with child security, while being fun.
Some of the ODMs are Aricent, SurfaceInk, weBandz, which are working with newly announced Snapdragon 1100 chipset.
Qualcomm expects the wearables to hit the market in the second and third quarter of 2016.