Motorola’s planned Wear OS smartwatch with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor may expire (via 9to5Google). If the photos are real and not just depicted, this could be a sign that the next Moto 360 (or whatever it’s called) may perform significantly better than the previous one and may reap some of the performance gains brought by jump from 28-nanometer process to 12nm.
2019 Moto 360 uses Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, which is only a small update to 2100 from 2016. Despite Qualcomm’s claims that the new (ish) 4100 has an 85% faster processor, two and a half times faster graphics processor and 25 percent more battery life, there seems to be only one watch on the market that actually has a chip.
The image, which shows the potential watch (and which also appears to show a wireless charging coil), was found in an investor presentation along with three other smartwatches. The unnamed watch has some text on the back, and when Reddit user TheMacJezza zoomed in and out, he saw that he seemed to be saying “Snapdragon Wear 41
Motorola doesn’t actually make Moto watches. The name is licensed to a company called eBuyNow, which launched the third generation Moto 360 in 2019. eBuyNow later merged with another company called CE Brands, according to 9to5Google, which previously reported on an investor presentation detailing the Moto brand’s 2021 hardware roadmap.
Correction: This article suggested that Moto smartwatches were still manufactured by Motorola; it has been updated to reflect that the trademark is licensed. On the edge sorry for the mistake.