Rumour: Qualcomm developing a Switch competitor?

A big phone with detachable controllers

Yesterday brand new details emerged surrounding the heavily rumored Nintendo Switch 'Pro', and now another rumored handheld device may be on the way. Qualcomm, a San Diego tech company famous for creating mobile phone chipsets is believed to be delving into the console market as reported by Android Police.


This rumored console will be Qualcomm’s answer to the Nintendo Switch, and is described as being a big smartphone with detachable controllers powered by Android 12 using Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets. It would also feature an SD card slot and 5G capabilities.


With this device, Qualcomm understands it has no chance of topping Nintendo or becoming an instant commercial success. Sources tell AP it wants to penetrate the handheld gaming market, in which mobile and console gaming has become increasingly blurred. Recent examples include new gaming phones and PCs with Switch-inspired dynamics.


However XDA Developers editor-in-chief, Mishaal Rahman disputes AP’s report stating on Twitter:

‘My source didn't think this was going to be a commercial product, as it would make sense for Qualcomm to simply build a reference design for a gaming phone given how popular they've become in China.’

Even if the hardware is unlikely to be released publicly like Rahman’s source suggests, there is the potential for it being sold as a prototype device for other manufacturers. It is worth noting, the Nvidia’s Shield console was the basis for the Nintendo Switch, with the latter using Nvidia’s Tegra X1 chipset.


Is there space for another competitor in the console market? Or is this just rumours and nothing more? Let us know what you think.


[SOURCE: androidpolice.com, twitter, theverge.com]