Qualcomm and Razer appear to be working on a new gaming portable development kit based on Qualcomm’s forthcoming Snapdragon G3X chipset.
The gadget is referred to as a “Snapdragon G3X Handheld Developer Kit” in leaked slides provided by VideoCardz,
Implying that it will largely be aimed at software developers and manufacturers that want to create their own software and hardware using Qualcomm’s mobile gaming technology.
VideoCardz has also gotten slides for Qualcomm’s upcoming top smartphone chip, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Qualcomm’s new branding for mobile processors, which was revealed last month, is reflected in the name.
The processor will purportedly be created using a 4nm technology, with a CPU that is 20% faster and 30% more power-efficient than previous-generation models, as well as a GPU that is 30% faster and 25% more power-efficient.
A USB-C connector for XR accessories, compatibility for DisplayPort via USB-C, a 6,000mAh battery, a 1080p camera, and “amazing ergonomics and haptics” are among the other features of the portable gaming gadget.
The display is said to be an OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR capabilities.
The gadget has 5G mmWave, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connectivity, and VideoCardz reports that it may be able to stream games from services like xCloud.
Qualcomm is no stranger to releasing gear like this, which is intended to encourage developers to use the company’s platforms.
A Windows on Arm PC, for example, was announced earlier this year with the goal of providing software developers with a less expensive piece of hardware to utilize when developing Arm programs for Snapdragon-based PCs.
VR headsets utilizing the company’s CPUs are also available.
The unveiling of Valve’s Steam Deck, a Linux-based portable PC with an AMD CPU, prompted the release of this newest development kit.
Valve isn’t the only business working on the form factor; Lenovo and Alienware have also shown off prototypes (albeit with no plans for commercial releases).
Qualcomm appears to be wagering that other firms will be interested in comparable gadgets as well, and is positioning its chips as the best option for them.
There are no specific dates for when the developer kit will be released, but given that Qualcomm’s annual Snapdragon Tech Summit is now taking place in Hawaii, we won’t have to wait long.