Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

The big picture: Qualcomm has commissioned Razer to build a developer kit based on its upcoming Snapdragon G3x platform. Unfortunately, the slides do not provide conclusive evidence of exactly what we are dealing with, but Qualcomm is expected to provide some answers later today.

In slides VideoCardz acquired, the laptop is described as a new platform designed for innovation in handheld gaming. It will have a 120Hz HDR OLED screen and a 1080p webcam as well as a 6000mAh battery, DisplayPort over USB-C and 5G mmWave support. Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity are also mentioned along with Snapdragon Sound and “incredible ergonomics and haptics.”

The publication further notes that based on other slides it received, the handheld in question could be advertised as a game streaming device.

VideoCardz also shared Snapdragon 8 Gen1 slides in the same post, but it’s not entirely clear if this is a separate product, or if Snapdragon G3x is the name of the developer kit that will be powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen1.

We also do not know if the handheld Razer is strictly a developer set, or if they plan to pull a Microsoft and sell the machine directly to consumers. The latter would be an interesting route as it would compete with Steam Deck and others that could eventually enter the market, while a dev kit would simply serve as inspiration for other hardware manufacturers.

Fortunately, we did not have to wait too much longer to get some clarity on the matter, as Qualcomm is hosting its Snapdragon Tech Summit later this afternoon.

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