Qualcomm has expanded its Snapdragon G-series handheld chip lineup with the introduction of the Snapdragon G1 Gen 1, G2 Gen 1, and G3x Gen 2 processors. The new chips are designed for a variety of gaming needs, from cloud gaming to high-end mobile gaming.
The Snapdragon G1 Gen 1 is designed for cloud gaming devices. It features an 8-core Kryo CPU and Adreno A11 GPU. The Snapdragon G2 Gen 1 is positioned for mainstream mobile gaming. It also features an 8-core Kryo CPU, but it uses the more powerful Adreno A21 GPU.
The Snapdragon G3x Gen 2 is the flagship chip in the lineup. It features an 8-core Kryo CPU and Adreno A32 GPU, which Qualcomm says is 30 percent faster and has twice the graphics performance of its predecessor. The G3x Gen 2 also supports 144Hz refresh rates and hardware-based ray tracing.
Qualcomm is working with manufacturers AYANEO, Huaqin, Inventec, and Thundercomm to produce consumer devices using the chip. AYANEO has already announced the first Pocket S Android handheld equipped with the Snapdragon G3x Gen 2 processor. It will be officially launched in December.
The expansion of the Snapdragon G-series handheld chip lineup is a sign of Qualcomm’s commitment to the growing mobile gaming market.
The new chips offer a variety of options for manufacturers, from cloud gaming devices to high-end mobile gaming consoles. This should help to further drive the growth of the mobile gaming market in the years to come.
In addition to the new chips, Qualcomm also announced a new development kit for handheld developers.
The kit includes the Snapdragon G3x Gen 2 processor, a development board, and software tools. The kit is designed to help developers create games and applications that take advantage of the power of the new chips.