Qualcomm prepares its own Nintendo Switch-style console, based on Android and with 5G, according to Android Police
When we talk about Qualcomm mobile processors come to mind mainly. Nonetheless, the company appears to be preparing its first direct-to-consumer product in years. A mobile? Do not, A console. Similar a la Nintendo Switch, with Android and 5G among other features, could arrive at the end of next year according to Android Police.
As Android Police has learned, what Qualcomm is preparing to launch is “a device that bears a strong resemblance to Nintendo’s popular Switch game console”. While it is already interesting to see a Qualcomm consumer product, it will be more interesting to finally see a direct competitor for the Nintendo Switch, which currently has no real form factor competitor.
Android Police sources explain that the device will run Android 12 and have detachable controlss that will dock easily like the Joy-Cons on the Nintendo Switch. The body of the device itself will partly resemble a smartphone, although considerably thicker and larger. Inside? A Qualcomm CPU with improvements to cool it due to the high performance required. Also a 6,000 mAh battery.
As far as the software is concerned, it will have Android and therefore the Google Play Store to download video games. However, you probably also have other major video game stores through agreements such as with Epic Games to incorporate its Epic Games Store.
Coming from Qualcomm the device will most likely come with 5G connection. Not to make calls, but rather to offer the ability to connect online from anywhere. Something that could be used to offer streaming video game services such as Google Stadia, Microsoft xCloud The Amazon Luna.
In the mobile game console market
Price and release date? Around $ 300 like the Nintendo Switch and by the beginning of next year. That is to say, within a year we could have the Qualcomm console on the market. Be that as it may, at the moment they are just rumors and there is nothing official from Qualcomm. So this may come true or it may never see the light of day.
Currently, while Sony and Microsoft are betting on great video games on big consoles, the other companies seem to be going for portability. We have Nintendo with its Switch making its own way. But we also have Apple with Apple Arcade on iPhone and iPad and the three mentioned above: Google Stadia, Microsoft xCloud Y Amazon Luna.
Via | Android Police