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Qualcomm to release Android-based competitor to Nintendo Switch



Qualcomm is about to make its first foray into the consumer market in many years – with a device that closely resembles the Nintendo Switch game console.

Nintendo Switch

This was announced by the well-proven thematic resource AndroidPolice, citing a source significant with the company’s plans.

According to this source, the set-top box will be based on the Android operating system. The author of AndroidPolice notes that he has seen “not yet final” images that he cannot share, but confirms that the device looks very familiar to anyone who owned a Switch.

The console has removable Nintendo Joy-Con style controllers on the right and left sides of the main unit. And the main module itself resembles a bulky and thick smartphone. The manufacturer believes that the additional space in the case will allow for better heat dissipation and use of a faster processor. Qualcomm also uses a 6,000mAh battery with fast charging support.

The source notes that Qualcomm has hired a “premium” partner to design and manufacture the controllers, but the exact name has yet to be confirmed. The set-top box can also be connected to a TV or monitor, but it is not yet clear whether via HDMI or USB Type-C. A special version of Android 12 will be installed on the device with an adapted launcher and full support for Google services and applications, including Google Play. Qualcomm also looks forward to supporting the Epic Games Store. Qualcomm also plans to create its own content port.

For now, Qualcomm is set to release the device in the first quarter of 2022. So we can hope for the next generation Snapdragon SoC. The estimated price is $ 300, but perhaps here we are talking about a version without controllers in the kit or without support for 5G.

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