Qualcomm has previously announced that it will separate the Qualcomm and Snapdragon brands, and Snapdragon will become an independent product brand. At the same time, the naming method will be changed to make it easier for its customers to discover and select devices with Snapdragon technology. The badge will also be redesigned to be more concise and straightforward.
As Qualcomm implements new strategies, Snapdragon has also begun to change its product line layout and publicity. According to VideoCardz reports, Qualcomm will launch a series of Snapdragon SoCs in 2022, in addition to the Snapdragon 8 mobile platform (Snapdragon 8 Gen1) for high-end smartphones, Qualcomm will cooperate with Razer to develop the Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x Gen1 platform specifically for handheld mobile devices. From the picture, the device is similar to a handheld.
It is understood that the developer kit of the platform is designed in cooperation with Qualcomm and Razer. The corresponding handheld mobile device will be equipped with an OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, support HDR, and be equipped with a 6000 mAh large-capacity battery. Judging from Qualcomm’s publicity, the handheld mobile device is advertised as a game streaming device, supports Xbox Game Cloud, and can stream media from a local host or even a PC. In addition, Razer handhelds equipped with the Snapdragon G3x Gen1 platform also support Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, Snapdragon Sound, Snapdragon Elite Gaming, 5G millimeter wave, and 1080P webcam.
In the future, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon G3x Gen1 platform may not be limited to Razer’s handheld, and may also be applied to mobile devices such as thin and light notebook computers. Qualcomm has always claimed to develop a high-performance SoC. It previously acquired Nuvia for $1.4 billion, hoping to use its design team and micro-architecture to design a high-performance Arm core. I don’t know whether the Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x Gen1 platform will use a higher-performance core.