If the rumored negotiations between Qualcomm and different giants continue as planned, a portable device bearing the Snapdragon name may appear shortly.
According to a tweet from Revegnus, Qualcomm SVP Alex Katouzian is reportedly in negotiations with Nintendo and Sony to design hardware that may be competitive. This suggests that the conversations are still in their early stages. How this possible alliance will develop is unknown. From one angle, it seems like Qualcomm will need Nintendo’s help with the layout and operation of the portable gaming system.
In terms of the hardware, Qualcomm has years of expertise in this field, designing and providing its own solutions, while Sony and Nintendo get their CPUs from other suppliers. Its Adreno 740, which is part of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, is now neck-and-neck with Apple’s A16 Bionic as the fastest GPU for Android smartphones.
The San Diego company was originally said to be working on a portable gaming system with detachable controllers similar to the Nintendo Switch, but as you can probably imagine, that device never materialized. According to the most recent report, Qualcomm is open to working with others to bring a product to market.