Qualcomm has officially announced that it’s collaborating with Razer to develop a handheld gaming platform. It will be able to handle all currently available Android games, also allowing users to stream content from the cloud.
The handheld features Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon G3X processor. It’s aptly named the “Snapdragon G3X Handheld Developer Kit.” No price or release date was mentioned as part of the reveal, and it’s unclear if this specific device will ever become available to consumers. For now, the concept product shown off is rather bulky. It almost looks as if an Xbox controller was stretched horizontally, and a screen was plopped into the center. It’s only available to developers. Qualcomm hopes developers will use this as an example as to what can be created with the new G3X processor, and it wants to see companies launching similar hardware over the next few years.
According to the listed specs, the Snapdragon G3X Handheld Developer Kit looks like a powerful little machine. Its Adreno GPU results in a 25% reduction in power consumption and 30% faster performance compared to the last-gen GPU, and the new AI Engine is said to offer AI performance that’s four times faster than before.
Lightning-fast hardware is only one part of the story. Razer and Qualcomm have also included a USB-C port, DisplayPort, 6,000mAH battery, OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate and wireless connectivity using 5G mmWave, Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E. That should make it more than capable of streaming games through a platform such as Xbox Game Pass. There’s also an interesting tagline for the handheld, which calls it… “The place to play all your games.”
Check out These Other Handheld Gaming Platforms
Steam Deck seems to have kicked off a bonafide handheld gaming frenzy – and even if this specific Razer + Qualcomm device never makes it to market, there are plenty of other mobile platforms at your disposal. Steam Deck won’t arrive until sometime in 2022 – and when you’ll be able to get your hands on it depends on when you managed to land a pre-order – but these alternatives are currently up for grabs:
- AYA Neo 2021 – Regular Price: $1,189.99
- GPD Win 3 – Regular Price: $1,299.99
- OneXPlayer – Regular Price: $1,499
And if you already have a smartphone that can run high-end games (or is compatible with 5G networks), consider picking up one of these accessories to turn your small screen into a gaming machine.
- Razer Raiju Mobile – Sale Price: $49.95 | Regular Price: $149.99
- Razer Kishi – Sale Price: $59.99 | Regular Price: $99.99
- PowerA MOGA XP5-A Plus Bluetooth – Sale Price: $55.99 | Regular Price: $69.99
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