Qualcomm Re-envisions Mobile Gaming With the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform

A glimpse into the future of mobile gaming!

by: - Last updated on: December 2nd, 2021
Key Takeaways
  • Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform and the Snapdragon G3x Handheld Gaming Developer Kit to re-envisions mobile gaming.
  • With the Snapdragon G3x, the company aims to deliver cutting-edge performance and the entire arsenal of Snapdragon Elite Gaming technologies to extend the scope of entertainment on mobile devices.
  • On the other hand, the Snapdragon G3x Handheld Gaming Developer Kit is a collaborative effort between Qualcomm and Razer that aims to transform the gaming experience on handheld devices.

Qualcomm kicked off Snapdragon Tech Summit 2022 with the announcement of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, its latest mobile platform for upcoming Android flagship devices. Expanding its portfolio further, the company unveiled two more platforms on day two, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and the Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3, which will power upcoming premium and entry-level mobile PCs, respectively.

snapdragon g3x handheld gaming

IMAGE: Qualcomm

However, that’s not all; Qualcomm has two more major announcements at this year’s summit. One of these is a brand new gaming platform called Snapdragon G3x Gen 1, while the other is a handheld gaming developer kit developed in partnership with Razer.

Let’s dive in to learn more about the all-new Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform and the Snapdragon G3x Handheld Gaming Developer Kit in detail.

Snapdragon G3x Gen 1

snapdragon g3x gen 1 chip

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Qualcomm says the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 is designed to offer “cutting-edge performance and the entire arsenal of Snapdragon Elite Gaming technologies to run all Android games, play cloud gaming libraries, stream games from a home console or PC, and enjoy entertainment from your favorite Android apps“.

It features a Qualcomm Kryo CPU and Adreno GPU. The Adreno GPU on the platform opens the door of opportunity to run games at ultra-smooth 144 frames per second and 10-bit HDR. In some cases, the GPU drivers are also updateable to optimize the gaming experience per requirement. On the whole, this processing prowess makes the platform ideal for native as well as cloud-based gaming.

Speaking of, when available, the platform will enable users to stream their favorite games from their favorite cloud-gaming platforms like Microsoft’s Game Pass Ultimate or the Steam library.

snapdragon g3x gen 1 specs

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In terms of visuals, the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 brings support for up to 4K resolution @144fps. Plus, it also includes 10-bit HDR support to offer vivid colors and all-new haptics from Lofelt to make the overall experience even more engaging.

Lastly, to facilitate all of this, the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 comes with 5G connectivity, which expands the scope of use and offers the ability to stream PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Android games from anywhere.

Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Specifications

CPUQualcomm Kryo CPU
GPUQualcomm Adreno GPU
Connectivity5G:
5G mmWave Modem-RF System

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 (Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E)
DisplayUp to 4K resolution @144fps
Support for 10-bit HDR
SoundSnapdragon Sound Technology
MiscellaneousUSB-C

Snapdragon G3x Handheld Gaming Developer Kit

snapdragon g3x developer kit

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As already mentioned, the G3x Handheld Gaming Developer Kit comes as a collaborative effort between Qualcomm and Razer. It will be available exclusively to developers to provide them access to high-end graphics and superior connectivity so they can explore its capabilities and take full advantage of elements such as the controllers, thermal headroom, and large (and high refresh rate) display to come up with new and interesting titles.

With mobile gaming being one of the biggest entertainment industries out there, this comes as a welcome move from Qualcomm that can further the gaming experience on handheld mobile devices.

One of the biggest highlights of the developer kit is that it eliminates a lot of the bottlenecks usually encountered on mobile phones during gaming and offers the highest possible levels of performance on a mobile device.

snapdragon g3x handheld developer kit

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Besides, the developer kit comes with a 120Hz OLED display, Snapdragon G3x mobile platform, 5G (mmWave and sub-6 GHz) connectivity, and 4-way speakers.

G3x Handheld Gaming Developer Kit Specifications

Display6.65-inch FHD+ OLED
Support for 10-bit HDR and 120Hz
Camera5MP (1080p @60fps) webcam
Connectivity5G:
5G (mmWave and sub-6 GHz)

Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6E

Bluetooth
Bluetooth 5.2
Sound4-way speakers with Snapdragon Sound
MiscellaneousHaptics
Cooling system
Fidelity gaming
USB-C

Availability

Qualcomm says the Snapdragon G3x Handheld Gaming Developer Kit will currently be exclusive to developers to empower them to create engaging titles. And once the pipeline is primed, OEMs can step in and create hardware around the G3x platform for consumers.

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