Qualcomm Working on an In-House Gaming Smartphone in Association with Asus

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Over the last few years ‘Gaming’ has become an essential part of the smartphone industry, mainly due to the battle royale games which then motivated a whole new category of smartphones known as ‘Gaming Phone’ just like a ‘Gaming Laptop’. Lately, the brands like Nubia, BlackShark and Asus have capitalized heavily on this and now its looks like the silicon manufacturer Qualcomm is all set to join the ‘Gucci Gang’.

According to a recent report from Taiwanese tech publication Digitimes, Qualcomm is teaming up with Asus for a gaming smartphone which will be launched under Qualcomm’s branding by the end of this year.

Also Read: New Variant of Asus ROG Phone 3 Launched

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In this partnership, Asus will be handling the hardware front while Qualcomm will focus on the fine-tuning of its upcoming Snapdragon 875 for this smartphone and also working on the software to utilize the Snapdragon 875 to its full extent.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 875: The Powerhouse?

Qualcomm Snapdragon 875
Snapdragon 875 might feature integrated 5G Modem

Qualcomm’s next in line flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 875, reportedly, is going to be built on 5nm node technology and will be using ARM’s new high-performance Cortex-X1 core which is expected to be a massive upgrade in terms of performance.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the chipset maker is on track with the Snapdragon 875 development, and it is expected to announce the new chipset in its upcoming yearly conference scheduled for December 1-2. The company might announce a few other mid-range chipsets, including the Snapdragon 775G.

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Well, it’s not shocking to see the company betting on the gaming smartphones, since its the best way to showcase the performance of its ‘Adreno’ branded GPUs.

What to expect from Qualcomm branded gaming smartphone?


Digitimes reports that Asus is going to supply raw materials for both ROG and Qualcomm branded gaming smartphone, which includes display panels, memory, camera module, battery, and cooling solutions.

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This suggests that this Qualcomm’s gaming smartphone could match a lot with the upcoming ROG Phone, in terms of hardware. The phone might feature high refresh rate display, Snapdragon 875 SoC (for sure!) and a large battery, with some nifty gaming-related features found on ROG Phone.

Asus is said to manufacture around a million gaming smartphone units over the course of next year from which half of the lot will be going to Qualcomm and the rest will be sold under the ROG branding.

We have seen a search engine giant getting into the smartphone business, and not doing well, but it will be the first time that a silicon manufacturer is going to sell smartphones. It’s surely going to be exciting to see how Qualcomm will be positioning its smartphone against the other Snapdragon 875 powered smartphones.

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Abhinav Kaustubh
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