Qualcomm Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 vs Snapdragon Wear 4100+ [Comparison]

Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 is the latest SoC for Wearables. Here is everything about the new Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 with comparison.

Qualcomm recently launched its next generation of chips for wearables. The Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 platform is the most powerful they have built for wearables. And it’s a major upgrade over their previous wearable platform which is the Wear 4100+. Check out Qualcomm Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 vs Snapdragon Wear 4100+ comparison and other details.

This big upgrade will change the Wear OS running wearables. Wear OS wasn’t an ideal choice for most users, but then Samsung came forward and saved it by adopting Wear OS in its Galaxy Watch. Of Course, it was available in other Smartwatches like Fossil, but it was in need of more reach that it finally got it from Galaxy Watch4.

And now with the new powerful Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1, Wear OS may finally touch higher goals. Like other Snapdragon wearable chips, this one also supports Wear OS. And according to the latest news, Oppo may be the first to power its smartwatch with the latest Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 platform in its Oppo Watch 3.

Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1

Why the new Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 is a big deal?

Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 SoC and Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 SoC for wearables are based on 4nm process which is a big improvement over the 12nm used in the previous Snapdragon chips for wearables.

It seems quite good in papers, but can it match the performance of the Galaxy Watch4 which is based on a 5nm processor, and the Apple Watch Series 7 which is based on a 7nm processor. The actual improvement will only be seen after it is available on the Smartwatch and if WearOS can take advantage of it.

The new Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 comes with 50% less power consumption, double the performance, and double features. These improvements put the new Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 to the level of premium watches.

Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 vs Snapdragon Wear 4100+

Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 vs Wear 4100+

Here are some on-paper comparisons between the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon Wear 4100+

SpecSnapdragon Wear 4100+Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1
Process Node12nm4nm
Co-process Node28nm22nm
CPU4x A53 + 1x M0 50MHz4x A53 + 1x M55 250MHz
GPUA504 320MHzA702 1GHz + 2.5D GPU
Memory1x 32 LPDDR3 750MHz1x 16 LPDDR4 2133MHz
Machine LearningNoYes (U55)
ModemRel 10 w/ Cat1, E911Rel 13 w/Cat 1bis, E911 w/ z-axis
GNSSL1, PDR4.0L1+L5, PDR4.5
CameraDual ISP, EIS 2.0Dual ISP, EIS3.0
BluetoothBT 4.2/5.0BT 5.3, QHS
Integrated Speaker PANona1W @ 13Ω Class D
Size (Area)100mm² SOC +28mm² PMIC90mm² (SoC + PMIC)
Size (Height)0.69mm max0.48mm max

Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 Specification

Here’s the full specification of Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1.

SpecValue
AI EngineQualcomm Hexagon DSP V66K
CPU Clock SpeedUp to 1.7 GHz
CPU Cores4x ARM Cortex A53
CPU Cores (Co-processor)Cortex M55, 250MHz
Memory Speed2133MHz
Memory TypeLPDDR4
Wi-Fi802.11n, 2.4 GHz/5 GHz
BluetoothBluetooth 5.3
LocationBeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS
CellularLTE FDD, LTE TDD, 1x Adv, EV-DO Rev. A, TD-SCDMA, GSM/EDGE
NFCSupported via third party
USBUSB 2.0
Camera FeaturesEIS 3.0, Multi-frame Noise Reduction (MFNR), Pseudo ZSL, 2x CSI 4-lane DPHY/CPHY
Dual CameraUp to 16 MP
GPUQualcomm Adreno A702 (1 GHz)
SecurityQualcomm Processor Security, Qualcomm Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) 4.0.5
SoftwareSupports Wear OS by Google, Android, Free RTOS
StorageeMMC 4.5

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By Ashutosh Singh

Ashutosh started his technical writing journey when he was a university student. He is now a full time tech blog writer specializing in smartwatch based tech news and how-to guides. He spends his free time exploring games and useful gadgets.

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