Qualcomm is reportedly working on an Android-powered, handheld gaming console that’s similar to a Nintendo switch. The device would be powered by Qualcomm’s Silicon, and could hit store shelves by next year.
The device would include detachable, joy-con-like controllers, an SD card slot, Android 12, and (of course) 5G. Also noted, and corroborated by Rahman, the screen could be 6.65-inches, with a resolution of at least 1080p.
The device sounds like a big smartphone with attached controllers and active cooling. It also has a library of great games that only it can play. Qualcomm would have to give customers a reason why they should play those games on a separate device.
Qualcomm wants the device to be commercially available, potentially at carrier retail stores. Currently, the cheapest phone I found with Qualcomm’s flagship 888 processor, the realme GT 5G, costs roughly $ 430.
Chipmakers, including Qualcomm, often build sample devices to help other manufacturers design around their SoCs or radios. Sometimes, these reference products even end up being sold by other companies under different brands, known as whitelabeling.
The dispute between the sources could be due to uncertainty from Qualcomm itself. Ap believes this project is almost a year from being finished.