Android smartwatches haven’t received the same reception as their handset counterparts. A big reason for this is the hardware. Qualcomm has been at the forefront here, just like with phone chipsets, but it hasn’t been enough, so much so that new partnerships are forming to make Android’s big change portable. In order to keep pace, Qualcomm has already hinted at plans to create a new wearable chip. This could now become true if revealing the chip in the company’s own source code is anything to do.
The new chipset is identified as Snapdragon 5100, which XDA Developers claims to have identified in the source code of Qualcomm. Apparently the new code released recently has a code with the build ID “LAW.UM.2.0-00700-SW5100.0” with the codename monaco.
LAW hew stands for Linux Android Wear (now called Wear OS) and the code has SW5100 at the end. This could be the marketing interpretation of Snapdragon Wear 5100.
Even thanks to extensive code analysis by XDA experts, there is no clarity on which version of Android – Android 10 or Android 11 – this platform will be based on. Although there are indications that it might be based on Android 10. It doesn’t really matter which version of Android it’s based on if it’s compatible with Wear OS 3.
Given that current wearable devices running Snapdragon Wear 4100 – Qualcomm’s current chip – will be compatible with Wear OS 3. There’s no reason its next successor, Snapdragon Wear 5100, won’t be compatible.
For specs, the Monaco chip would be based on Qualcomm’s own Bengal platform comprising the Snapdragon 662 and 460 platforms. These are 11nm chipsets with four ARM Cortex-A73 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores. Scheduled to be a quad-core processor, it will run ARM Cortex-A73 cores, which is an improvement over the quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor in the Snapdragon Wear 4100.