The chip-technology giant Qualcomm may soon launch an Android-powered, handheld gaming console similar to the popular Nintendo Switch. The company is reported to be working on a similar project, according to top industry sources.
Qualcomm, an American multinational corporation headquartered in California creates an intellectual property, semiconductors, software, and services related to wireless technology. It owns patents critical to the CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA and WCDMA mobile communications standards.
As per a report by Android Police citing sources, the Qualcomm device will have detachable controllers like the Joycons on Nintendo's handheld console. Qualcomm is said to be targeting a price of around $300 for its gaming console.
Annual dollar sales of Switch hardware were the second-highest for a platform in US history. Half of the top 20 best-selling games of December were published by Nintendo.
The gaming device is likely to include a large 6000mAh battery, equipped with the company's Quick Charge technology. Qualcomm is using a “premium supplier in the controller space to design and manufacture the gamepads.”
Also, the Qualcomm device is likely to have detachable controllers on each side and these controllers are said to be designed and manufactured by a big name in the controller industry. More specifically, it will likely be running a custom version of Android 12.
Like the Nintendo Switch, Qualcomm's portable may support display-out capabilities to play on an external TV or monitor. Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in units and dollars for both December and 2020 year in the US.