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Qualcomm unveils new wearable SoC, as Apple adds ECG to watch

Just before Apple unveiled the fourth iteration of its Apple Watch, Qualcomm had taken the wraps off of its latest smartwatch SoC – the Snapdragon Wear 3100. Supported and backed by Google, the Qualcomm design is the latest flagship platform for Android-based Wear OS devices, which matters not a jot to Apple – the company that has dominated the smart watch sector to date. The new silicon platform claims significant improvements in battery life, which is still the biggest problem facing smartwatches. A quad-core ARM A7 CPU is the powerhouse of the SoC, supported by a new coprocessor that Qualcomm says is very efficient. It is claiming that you can now enjoy the battery life of a sports watch with…

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