Qualcomm, the company that makes chipsets for a large number of Android phones, is apparently gearing up to enter the gaming business. Not just as a chip supplier either; According to a report from Android Police, the company is making its own game console to show off the power of its Snapdragon chipsets.
As it’s so popular these days, the console should look a lot like a Nintendo Switch.
Android police report that they were able to observe “non-final” images of the console, which featured a device with detachable controllers made by a “premium” vendor. The central part of the screen, meanwhile, “looks like a thicker and bulkier smartphone.” This extra bulk would give Qualcomm’s chips more thermal headroom to run at high speeds for longer than possible in a compact smartphone form factor.
Other details of the report:
- The device may have a 6.65 inch screen, according to Mishaal Rahman of XDA.
- The screen may have an FHD + panel.
- It would come with a 6000mAh battery.
- It will be able to connect to a television or a monitor.
- It will have an SD card slot for expandable storage.
- It will run Andriod 12 with a custom launcher and “full support” for Google apps.
- It could also be bundled with the Epic Games Store at launch.
- Qualcomm is targeting a launch in Q1 2022, so it will likely run on next-gen processors.
- Usual phone specs like Bluetooth, 5G, GPS, accelerometers, and haptics will be in tow, but it’s unlikely to function as a dedicated phone.
- The company hopes to price the device at just $ 300.
While I enjoy the Switch form factor and wished other consoles adopted similar designs for handheld gaming, I can’t help but be skeptical. It is not easy for companies to break into the gaming industry, not even for companies as large as Qualcomm. There’s a reason the console market has been a triopoly for so long.
If Qualcomm tried to create a new gaming platform, it would be difficult for the company to pull developers out of the competition. Let’s just say the story hasn’t been kind to new players in the video game market. Either way, it seems unlikely that Qualcomm will take this route, given the emphasis on full Android compatibility.
But if Qualcomm is just going to ask users to play existing Android titles on its sophisticated Switch clone, I find it hard to believe that users would flock to the platform – especially when there are already quite a few. . game oriented Phone (s.
Android Police says Qualcomm doesn’t expect overnight success, but rather the company hopes to inspire its partners to explore new form factors. This idea is not a totally crazy idea; this is indeed what Microsoft has done with the Surface range. And if the company could really keep the price at $ 300, it might just encourage some early adopters to invest in the platform. But I am still skeptical.
Of course, this is a pre-production leak, so anything can change between now and launch – or the product could be scrapped altogether. Still, it’s interesting to see Qualcomm looking to sell a product directly to consumers for a change.
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Published March 24, 2021 – 00:55 UTC