Qualcomm will hold its annual event in December to showcase the Snapdragon 875 chipset. This chipset will likely be the most advanced a slew of Android phones will subsequently rock. Above all, gaming phones which are supposed to have the latest and fastest processor. Now, Qualcomm has plans to launch their gaming smartphone before the end of the year.
According to a DigiTimes report, Qualcomm is partnering with Asus to build its first gaming phone. It’s not very clear how this partnership will turn out, but we can expect Asus to serve as the mentor for Qualcomm’s ambitious device. The Taiwanese company has considerable experience in the mobile phone gaming industry – its ROG brand is a hit with gamers – which is what Qualcomm can use for its gaming phone.
The Asus ROG Phone 3 is the latest example of just how technologically far a gaming phone can go. The smartphone has a 144Hz display, impressive cooling technology, sturdy hardware for intensive gaming, and a powerful battery to recharge all of that. It’s possible that Qualcomm’s gaming phone will end up getting the ROG logo, giving the ROG community an unprecedented reason to rejoice.
For hardware, Qualcomm is likely preparing the Snapdragon 875 chipset, which means performance won’t be an issue for the US-based chip maker for its gaming phone. The phone design is also not available, but Qualcomm already uses reference designs to produce chipsets. It is possible that he patents one or even purchases it.
The report states that the partnership between Qualcomm and Asus was forged before Nvidia announced the acquisition of ARM. Why are you suddenly talking about Nvidia and ARM you might ask?
ARM is a semiconductor company that publishes blueprints on how a chipset should be designed and then develops the integral components of these chipsets. Chip-making companies such as Qualcomm, Samsung, MediaTek, and Huawei design their chipsets using ARM designs, thus requiring licenses. Nvidia, another chip-making company, has bought ARM, which means it will have ultimate authority over licensing the chip designs. Nvidia’s motive behind this acquisition is largely related to the company’s unfulfilled dreams of becoming big in the mobile phone industry.
Nvidia is the leading provider of GPUs for PCs and laptops, but smartphones have never relied on the company’s GPUs. The company also tried to create System-on-Chips (SoCs), but the business didn’t take off as expected. With ARM now under its umbrella, Nvidia could dive into the smartphone chip manufacturing business where Qualcomm is a big name. Its plan to launch a gaming phone could prove controversial (and even disadvantageous) for Nvidia, which is why it will be interesting to see which direction the entire rack setup moves.
Your next gaming phone could be from Qualcomm with an Asus ROG logo on it.
- Qualcomm may have plans to launch its own gaming phone.
- Asus is reportedly a partner for this project from Qualcomm.
- Qualcomm is expected to launch the Snapdragon 875 chipset in December.