Samsung has announced Exynos W920, a new processor designed for smartwatches and other wearable devices. The company says it is the world’s first suit-specific chip built on a 5nm process to help improve performance and efficiency.
The Exynos 920 has two Cortex-A55 cores and a Mali-G68 graphics card. (Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 888 features four Cortex-A55 cores used for low-power tasks.) Samsung claims 20 percent better CPU performance and ten times better GPU performance than the previous wearable chip. The W920 also includes a Cortex-M55 processor dedicated to driving an always-on display and further reducing power consumption.
We probably won’t have to wait too long to see this chip on a commercial device. Samsung explicitly says that the Exynos W920 “supports the new United Wearable Platform, built by Samsung in conjunction with Google, and will be used first in the upcoming Galaxy Watch model.”
That model is almost certainly leaked widely Galaxy Watch 4 series, the official cover of which we expect to break Samsung’s uncompressed event on Wednesday. As Samsung mentions, the company has been working with Google to develop new smartwatch software combines Tizen and Wear OS, and now we know it works on new hardware as well. This should be good news, as performance has long been an issue with Wear OS watches.