Qualcomm reportedly working on a Nintendo Switch clone and could launch next year

Expansion is essential for any business and Qualcomm is no different. The chipset maker, however, has decided to embark on a venture that some might find surprising, but which could be a major milestone for the brand. According to a report by Android Authority, the company plans to launch an Android-based game console. The new console could be launched as early as next year.

The Qualcomm console could be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets, in particular the 800 series chipset which will succeed the Snapdragon 888. The console could therefore sport a form factor that could be inspired by smartphones. Reports also suggest the build might resemble the Nintendo Switch, with detachable joy-con controllers. However, the cooling requirements would make the new Qualcomm console a thicker device than the average smartphone.

When it comes to features, we could see an expandable memory card slot, cellular support, Bluetooth, GPS, haptic feedback, and accelerometers. With the latest 800 series chips, 5G support will likely be built in as well. Assuming the device launches next year, it can run Android 12 with a custom launcher.

The console is also expected to offer controller support which the report says is developed by a third-party company. Other expected specs include a 6,000mAh battery, fast charging, and a price tag of around $ 300 (around Rs 217,300).

With the growth of mobile gaming in recent years and the popularization of dedicated gaming smartphones from brands like Asus ROG, Nubia and Black Shark, Qualcomm’s console could perhaps shake up the market a bit and open up the gaming world to new ones. possibilities.

However, note that this is only speculation. Even though the Qualcomm console is in the works, the company could still cancel the launch of such a device in the coming months. We’ll have to wait for official confirmation for more details.