Qualcomm launches Razer handheld Snapdragon G3x portable console

Snapdragon's G3x is Qualcomm's fantastically exciting attempt to enter the gaming market — a completely new direction for the company, with powerful GPUs, 5G connectivity, the ability to power external screens, immersive audio capabilities, haptic feedback, and a slew of other features that handheld gaming manufacturers have had to cobble together from other sources. Bringing all of this together on a single platform is a first, and it might herald a new era in portable gaming unlike anything we've seen before. Razer unveiled a developer kit for the new platform today, kicking off an exciting new era in portable gaming.


We have Nintendo with the very successful Switch, which is powered by the aging but capable NVIDIA Tegra X1, and we have more powerful mobiles and tablets in the portable gaming arena. There are a variety of different portable devices that are smaller in stature but promote strong technologies and concepts (Valve's Steam Deck is on the way), and Qualcomm is partnering with Razer to enter that sector.

“Razer is extremely excited to partner with Qualcomm Technologies and support them on their way to introduce new cutting-edge technology to the global gaming industry,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Together, Qualcomm Technologies and Razer will lead the way with new and innovative solutions that push the boundaries of fidelity and quality available in portable gaming, transforming the way these games are experienced.”

The two businesses have announced a collaboration to create a Snapdragon G3x 'developer kit,' which is intended to demonstrate the company's technology and the achievements it can accomplish in the portable gaming arena. Razer's head of global partnerships, Justin Cooney, has emphasised that this isn't a commercial system release, but rather a demonstration of the technology (and concept) for the development industry.

Qualcomm is in the unique position of developing CPUs that power the whole planet. This is the technology that will power everything from refrigerators to vehicles to drones to... well, whatever you can think of. SnapDragon 8 may be found on phones all around the world. Wearables are powered by the 4100+ platform. The 5G chipset in the XR2 will do the heavy lifting for AR/VR apps. The 8cx processors will be seen in tablets and PCs, while the Snapdragon Ride platform has already been used in automobiles. It's intriguing to see Qualcomm take a serious look at the gaming sector, taking niche goods like the Nintendo Switch and providing hardware makers with a toolbox to create their own strong portable gaming console platforms.


The Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform provides cutting-edge performance and access to the whole suite of Snapdragon Elite Gaming technologies, allowing you to play all Android games, stream games from a home console or PC, and much more. The platform, which is already available, is a war cry for market supremacy, and it will be fascinating to watch how this one plays out.
  • The Qualcomm Adreno GPU, which promises 144 frames per second and 10-bit HDR for gaming in over a billion shades of color.
  • A built-in 1080p60 webcam with two microphones for livestreaming the gaming action to audiences.
  • A full battery of connectivity options using Qualcomm’s FastConnect 6900 Mobile Connectivity suite. That means Wi-Fi 6 and 6E for low latency and fast upload and download speeds. 5G mm Wave and sub-6 for cloud gaming while streaming the most bandwidth-intensive games from services like Xbox Cloud Gaming or Steam Remote Play.
  • Incredible display: 6.65-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution and 10-bit HDR, operating at up to 120 hz.
  • Snapdragon Sound technology, optimized for quality, latency and robustness, giving gamers the option to pinpoint opponents aurally. On-device 4-way speakers provide fantastic audio and when paired with Snapdragon Sound-enabled earbuds, gamers can experience lag-free wireless audio.
  • Multiscreen experience can tether to an AR/VR viewer via USB-C. The same tech also enables the device to act as a companion controller to a TV with up to 4K resolution.
  • Controls: The developer kit has built-in controller mapping from AKSys to provide precise touch to controller mapping technology to enable use of the built-in controllers across a wide array of games.