In the last year, video games have experienced a significant increase in users, also on Android. The problem with mobiles, when playing, is that they have spare parts that a game does not need, and they lack controls. This is why Qualcomm could be making a clone of the Android-based Nintendo Switch console . It would be the first device made by Qualcomm itself in years.
It is information published exclusively by Android Police, who has spoken with someone close to the project, and they have even seen the prototype.
According to the informant, this Qualcomm console based on Android has a design very similar to the Nintendo Switch, including the controls that are attached to the sides of the screen, and can be removed. According to Qualcomm it would have allied itself with a first brand of peripherals to manufacture them.
And why would Qualcomm want to make a portable console with Android? There are already extremely powerful gaming mobiles, such as the recently introduced Asus ROG Phone 5, or peripherals such as Razer Kishi that add Nintendo Switch-type gamepads to any mobile.
According to this informant, the reason is that being a console it is a little thicker than a mobile phone, just like the Nintendo Switch, and since it eliminates the telephone components (antennas, dedicated chips, etc.), it has more room to dissipate heat and, therefore, to mount a Snapdragon chip more powerful than the one used by current gaming mobiles.
Apparently this Qualcomm portable console will have a 6,000 mAh battery to play several hours, and will use a Snapdragon that has not yet been presented, with Android 12.
Also confirm that it will be able to connect to a TV , and the games will be stored on a microSD card.
Always according to this leak, Qualcomm is in negotiations with Epic to bring the Epic Store to this device, with Fortnite as the main attraction, and it would also have its own store, and Google Play Store. Although not mentioned in the rumor, it will also be a perfect device to play cloud services such as Google Stadia or GeForce Now.
If all goes well, this clone of Nintendo Switch with Android will go on sale in the first half of next year.
It’s an interesting idea, and even more coming from Qualcomm itself, if the rumor is confirmed. But an Android handheld console faces a major problem. Everyone already has one: their smartphone.
Qualcomm will have to contribute more than power if it wants to convince gamers who already have an Android mobile, especially if the games are exactly the same.