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Snapdragon Wear, Nixon team up to power next wave of action smartwatches

These days, watches do a lot more than just tell time. From real-time notifications to tracking fitness to making phone calls, smartwatches are leading the next wave of wearable technology. Hot on the heels of a recent Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 announcement, Snapdragon is already setting the stage for tomorrow’s smartwatches.

Case in point: The Mission by Nixon will be among the first smartwatches featuring the Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor at BaselWorld 2016, the world’s premier watch and jewelry trade show. With an ultra-rugged design, The Mission is the ideal combination of tech and design for anyone who loves action sports. And who better than two San Diego-based companies to create waves with one of the first Snapdragon Wear–based smartwatches to be announced?

Smarter sensors, smarter watch

Thanks to the Snapdragon Wear 2100, The Mission smartwatch uses 25 percent less power than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 400. But even the best-designed device needs apps to make it worthwhile. The Mission operates on the Android Wear OS platform, which includes integration with Google Fit and allows users to control music and access maps and GPS, weather updates, commute conditions, and flight tracking, along with other features made possible by third-party apps.

The Mission also comes with a customized suite of apps from Nixon. The aptly-named Mission app, powered by Surfline and Snocountry, lets users check live surf and powder conditions all over the world with just a glance at the wrist. Another is customizable Shred Alerts, which notify users of their personalized perfect conditions at chosen locations.

The Mission also includes an activity-tracking app developed with Trace, an industry leader in action-sports activity tracking. The Mission uses a range of sensors, including a thermometer, an altimeter, and a barometer, so users can access live, comprehensive data about their sessions. To optimize all that data the Snapdragon Wear 2100 features an integrated, ultra-low-power sensor hub that uses rich algorithms to support top-notch accuracy.

Elegant design for active lifestyles

A good watch, even one made for the slopes and surf, needs to look the part. So far, many smartwatches—let alone smartwatches geared toward extreme sports—have struggled to pack power into a size that doesn’t impede movement. On that front, the Snapdragon 2100 is 30 percent smaller than the Snapdragon 400, supporting powerful processing without sacrificing design.

The Mission features an elegant Corning Gorilla Glass screen, a shock-resistant Poron XRD chassis, and patent-pending MicLock technology. The watch is also the first to feature a 10-ATM water-resistance rating, the highest of any on the market, and can withstand up to 330 feet of water. The 1.39-inch AMOLED display comes complete with multi-touch capabilities and an ambient light sensor, and even works with wet fingers.

Nixon’s The Mission smartwatch is expected to be available in fall of 2016 at Nixon stores, select retailers, and online at www.nixon.com.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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