Qualcomm has introduced new mobile processors designed for portable gaming consoles running the Android operating system. New products include the second generation Snapdragon G3x, as well as the new Snapdragon G1 Gen 1 and Snapdragon G2 Gen 1 chips.
The Snapdragon G3x Gen 2 is the flagship among the new products. The platform uses eight Kryo cores and the Adreno A32 GPU. The processor supports the wireless standards Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.3 as well as 5G in bands up to 6 GHz and mmWave. This chip is the only one among those presented that supports ray tracing technology, as well as connecting cameras.
Qualcomm states that the Snapdragon G3x Gen 2 graphics subsystem is more than twice as powerful as its predecessor. The computing power of the novelty is “more than 40% higher” than that of the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1.
The slides provided by the company show performance gains per watt, as well as CPU and GPU performance in Genshin Impact, Geekbench, and several other benchmarks. However, the company compared it to the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which is used in smartphones rather than portable gaming consoles.
The Snapdragon G1 Gen 1 and Snapdragon G2 Gen 1 processors are designed for devices in the lower and middle price ranges, respectively. The same Snapdragon G1 Gen 1 could be used in devices priced around $200, according to a Qualcomm representative who spoke to Tom’s Hardware. The chip contains 8 cryo cores and the Adreno A11 graphics core.
The stated processor supposedly supports the older WLAN standard Wi-Fi 5, but at the same time it is ready to provide image output in 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. Snapdragon G1 Gen 1 is more intended for devices that are designed for streaming – i.e. portable monitors with controls that cannot run games themselves, but can be used, for example, from the PC to stream games via Steam Link, with the PlayStation console via remote let games or via cloud services such as Xbox Game Pass or GeForce Now.
Snapdragon G2 Gen 1, in turn, can be used both in devices with streaming gameplay, and as part of full-fledged Android portable consoles. In return, it is equipped with a more powerful Adreno A21 GPU, faster Wi-Fi 6 and supports 5G. The processor can handle screens with resolutions higher than Full HD and refresh rates of up to 144 Hz.
All Qualcomm processors shown above are for Android based systems. The appearance of Linux- and Windows-based devices with similar chips is possible, but unlikely within this generation, Qualcomm noted.
Along with the new chips, the company also introduced an updated reference platform for the Snapdragon G3x Gen 2. According to Tom’s Hardware, the device received 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 256GB of UFS 4.0 persistent storage. NVMe storage is also supported for storage expansion. The cooling system used as part of the reference platform is capable of dissipating up to 15W of thermal energy. The gadget is equipped with two 3000 mAh batteries for self-sufficient power supply.
The device also got front and front cameras (one for streaming, the second for augmented reality gaming), a USB Type-C port, a SIM card slot, as well as stereo speakers and a 3.5mm audio-out jack. The gadget does not look like a premium device, but other manufacturers can modify it at their own discretion if they wish.
As part of the demonstration, Lenovo ThinkReality AR glasses were also connected to the device.
The second reference platform from Qualcomm is called Carbon Mobile. It wasn’t shown live to Tom’s Hardware journalists, but according to the company, higher quality materials are used.