Motorola may have accidentally showed off a planned Wear OS smartwatch, powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor (via 9to5Google). If the photos are real and not just renders, it could be a sign that the next Moto 360 (or whatever it’s called) could perform significantly better than the last, and may reap some of the efficiency gains brought by the jump from a 28nm process to a 12nm one.
The 2019 Moto 360 used a Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, which was only a minor update to 2016’s 2100. Despite Qualcomm’s claims that the new(ish) 4100 has an 85 percent faster CPU, two-and-a-half times faster GPU, and 25 percent more battery life, it seems like there’s only one watch on the market that actually has the chip. If Motorola comes out with one, and it’s branded as a flagship smartwatch, it could potentially give Google the nudge to give WearOS the attention it badly needs.
The image that shows the potential watch (and which also seems to show a wireless charging coil) was found in an investor presentation, alongside three other smartwatches that Motorola actually talked about. The unnamed watch has some text on the back, and when Reddit user TheMacJezza zoomed and enhanced, they saw that it appeared to say “Snapdragon Wear 4100.” I’m no logician, but that would seem to imply that this Mystery Moto has a Snapdragon Wear 4100 in it (especially considering that the current Moto 360 has its processor name printed on the back as well).
While it’s not likely that one watch will be able to save the Wear OS lineup, it’s nice to see that Motorola may be interested in picking up the torch again after setting it down in 2016.