Qualcomm launched its first smartwatch, the Toq, last year which is available on Amazon in black and white flavors at the price of $250. Its competition includes Samsung, who have already offered their second generation of Gear wearables, LG and Motorola who are warming up the market too with Android Wear-powered gadgets. But it is known that all of those smartwatches run on trimmed down versions of chipsets designed for much larger devices – smartphones and phablets.
The only proper system-on-chip solution designed for wearables from the big players is by MediaTek and is called Aster. Hence it is obvious that there is a huge gap to be exploited in the market and Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Taiwan president Eddie Chang claims the company is readying to snatch the opportunity. He says Qualcomm already has all it needs for the new SoC and will be ready to mass produce it soon.
No official partners are just yet announced, nor are there any specs shared. Nevertheless, Eddie Chang promises we’ll be seeing Qualcomm’s chips in wearable devices later this year.