February 14, 2022 3 min read

Snapdragon G3x

Qualcomm, the largest manufacturer of microchips for smartphones, introduces a new microchip called the Snapdragon G3x. This new microchip is engineered for handheld consoles. It will be launched in a portable developer device by Razer.

The gaming console resembles a Nintendo Switch and runs Android games.

The announcement will put Qualcomm in the competitive top gaming market, going side-by-side with leading companies like AMD and Nvidia. These companies partner with Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo to operate their gaming consoles.


Snapdragon G3x Qualcomm Microchip

The Snapdragon G3x chip will debut in a portable developer gaming device made by Razer. It will be featured in Razer's new developer kit, designed for game makers and programmers. The release of this new product will preview the technologies Qualcomm has to offer to next-generation portable gaming consoles. These include 5G connections and a webcam for users who want to stream their games online.

Snapdragon G3x

Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform

The Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform is a purpose-built platform that features cutting-edge technology to run the best Android games. That platform will also allow gamers to play content from cloud gaming libraries and stream games from their PC or gaming console. Users will also use their favorite Android apps using the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform.

The new Snapdragon® G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform is engineered to unit all the Snapdragon Elite

Gaming™ Technologies. It is designed to deliver a cross-platform experience to support the games players love. In fact, according to Qualcomm, the platform is created to be the PC gaming rig of mobile games by providing the best possible experience for mobile gaming.

Its Snapdragon Elite technologies will create a premium category of dedicated consumer gaming products. Its platform is precisely engineered to deliver an incredible gaming experience on the go. It promises high-end graphics, fast-speed connectivity, and uncompromised performance.

Here is its list of features:

Snapdragon G3x

  • Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU - can run games with an ultra-smooth 144 FPS frame rate and 10-bit HDR that can display a billion shades of color to deliver the best gaming experience.
  • Qualcomm® FastConnect™ 6900 Mobile Connectivity - features powerhouse connectivity with its Wi-Fi 6 and 6E for low latency, enabling fast upload and download speeds. It also supports 5G mmWave and sub-6 so users can experience ultra-fast and lag-free cloud gaming even while streaming the most bandwidth-intensive games.
  • Snapdragon Sound™ Technology -is designed to deliver quality sound effects so gamers can hear all the action around them.
  • AKSys Support - features precise touch and controller mapping technologies, enabling built-in controllers for different games.
  • Multi-screen augmented experience - enables users to tether to an XR viewer via USB-C to any Snapdragon G3x powered device. This allows the gaming device to be connected to any 4K display monitor or television.

With the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1, Razer's CEO, Min-Liang Tan, stated that together with Qualcomm Technologies, the two companies aim to push the boundaries of quality portable gaming. By offering new and innovative solutions, starting with the Snapdragon G3x Gaming Platform, they plan to transform how gamers play using portable gaming devices.


Qualcomm Technologies

Qualcomm is currently the largest supplier of chips in Android phones manufactured by giant companies like Samsung and Xiaomi. Their fiscal 2021 report shared that they ended with $7.7 billion in chip sales, 60% of which were for handsets.

In the past years, an increase in the demand for high-end mobile chips has been seen. Nvidia, for example, produces the processor for Nintendo Switch, which has sold over 92 million units since 2016. 

AMD also makes the processor for gaming consoles such as Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Series X.

According to AMD, the increasing demand for gaming consoles has contributed to a higher-than-expected revenue during 2021's last 2021 quarter.

Qualcomm releasing the Snapdragon G3x for gaming consoles will change the market and possibly even out the playing field.



Razer is a multinational technology company known for its gaming devices. Razer has a wide array of technology to deliver the best gaming experience to their users, from gaming PCs and gaming laptops to gaming laptops to gaming mobile phones and gaming consoles.

Together with Qualcomm's expertise, Razer was able to create this portable gaming platform. It features a 6.65-inch OLED display that delivers a Full HD+ resolution. The device has a refresh rate of 120Hz with 10-bit HDR support. And for a portable gaming device, it has an advanced cooling system to deliver consistent peak performance.

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