The rumor mill has been turning over any report about the powerful Snapdragon 1000 for Windows 10 laptops. Still, Qualcomm decided to surprise us at MWC Shanghai and instead revealed the Snapdragon Wear 2500 for kids smartwatches.
According to the company, the Snapdragon Wear 2500 is 38% smaller than the previous Wear chips and will provide a better battery life.
Qualcomm is willing to bet heavy that the next big trend will be smartwatches built for kids, with parents’ needs in mind. While it supports voice assistants, LTE, cameras up to 5 MPs, Bluetooth, location and other sensors, the Wear 500 won’t be compatible with the popular Wear OS from Google. Instead, it will support a custom Android designed by Qualcomm aptly named Android for Kids.
“This version fits in a 512MB memory footprint, is designed to consume low power by shutting off capabilities not needed, right sizes the modem for wearables use cases, integrates the sensor hub for low power highly accurate sensing, and adds kid watch specific features,” explains Qualcomm.
NFC will also allow kids to “leave their wallet behind for everyday purchases at school”, a feature that’s sure to be welcomed by parents.
The company also detailed three new chipsets, with Snapdragon 632 being the most powerful, that will soon show up in budget-priced smartphones.