Motorola may have accidentally unveiled a planned Wear OS smartwatch powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor (via 9to5Google). If the photos are real and not just rendered, it could be a sign that the next Moto 360 (or whatever it’s called) can perform significantly better than the previous one, and that it can achieve some efficiency gains by the jump of a process of 28 nm. to a 12 nm.
The 2019 Moto 360 used a Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, which was only a minor update for the 2100 of 2016. Despite Qualcomm’s claims that the new (ish) 4100 has an 85 percent faster CPU, two and half a faster GPU, and 25 percent more battery life, it seems like it’s there only one watch on the market it actually has the chip. If Motorola comes up with one, and calls it a flagship smartwatch, it could give Google the chance to give WearOS the attention it needs.
The image showing the potential watch (and apparently also showing a wireless charging coil) was found in an investor offering, along with three other smartwatches that Motorola actually talked about. The anonymous watch has text on the back, and Reddit user TheMacJezza zoomed in and improved, they saw that it turned out to be ‘Snapdragon Wear 4100’. I’m no logician, but it would seem that this Mystery Moto contains a Snapdragon Wear 4100 (especially if the current Moto 360’s processor name is also printed on the back).
While it may not be that one watch can save the Wear OS series, it’s pleasing to see that Motorola might be interested in picking up the torch again after putting it down in 2016.