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Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon G Series Processors for Handheld Gaming Devices

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

Qualcomm is expanding its line of processors for handheld and mobile gaming devices.

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Credit: Qualcomm

The silicon giant at Gamescom 2023 announced the Snapdragon G Series, an all-new portfolio of processors designed for gaming. The series spans three tiers, all of which are touted to meet the performance and feature demands of dedicated gaming devices.


The Snapdragon G1 is designed for streaming-focused gaming devices that don't feature fans. The chip focuses on optimising connectivity and battery life, so players can stream console and PC games, whether local or via the cloud, without lag for long periods of time. The first member of the G1 lineup is the Snapdragon G1 Gen 1 Platform, which has an eight-core Kryo CPU paired with an Adreno A11 GPU.


Meanwhile, the Snapdragon G2 is built for both mobile and cloud gaming, featuring an optimised processor and 5G and Wi-Fi 6/6E connectivity via the Qualcomm FastConnect 6700 Mobile Connectivity System. The first product of the tier is the Snapdragon G2 Gen 1 Platform, which features an eight-core Kryo CPU paired with an Adreno A21 GPU and a Snapdragon X62 5G Modem-RF System.


Last but certainly not the least is the flagship tier, the Snapdragon G3. The tier is, as Qualcomm touts, is "purpose-built for enthusiasts" of the latest features and top-tier performance on handheld gaming devices and boasts "best-in-class gaming experiences". The first product of the tier is the Snapdragon G3x Gen 2 Platform, which has an eight-core Kryo CPU and an Adreno A32 GPU, delivering 30% faster CPU performance and double the GPU performance compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Platform. It also boasts a number of features, including hardware-accelerated ray tracing, game super resolution, XR glass tethering, low-latency premium Bluetooth audio with Snapdragon Sound Technology Suite and Wi-Fi 7 High-Band Simultaneous (HBS) as well as 5G sub-6 and mmWave.

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Credit: Qualcomm

Qualcomm said the expansion of the G Series portfolio is meant to addresses the growing diversity in gaming content, capabilities and cost to help bring a wider range of handheld gaming devices and form factors to market. The chipmaker is working with the likes of AyaNeo, Huaqin, Inventec, Thundercomm and other companies on handheld gaming devices powered by Snapdragon G Series Platforms.


"Dedicated handheld gaming devices are the best way to experience mobile games. But gamers want to be able to play all their favourite games across devices and ecosystems, be it their console, PC, or on a cloud service," said Mithun Chandrasekhar, Senior Director of Product Management at Qualcomm. "The new generation of Snapdragon G Series powered devices will be the best place for gamers to play their favourite titles, offering them the ability to choose from the cloud, console, Android, or PC while on-the-go."

 
  • Qualcomm at Gamescom 2023 announced the Snapdragon G Series, an all-new portfolio of processors designed for gaming.

  • The series spans three tiers: G1, G2 and G3, with Snapdragon G3x Gen 2 Platform as the newest enthusiast-class processor.

  • The chipmaker said the expansion of the G Series portfolio is meant to addresses the growing diversity in gaming content, capabilities and cost to help bring a wider range of handheld gaming devices and form factors to market.

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