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At Gamescom 2023, Qualcomm announces three new Snapdragon processors for video games
Chips to make the eyes of smartphone manufacturers, but also of those portable consoles that have been on a roll in recent months.
When we think of video games, we often think of big, muscular PCs, big screens - maybe even curved ones - and AMD or NVIDIA graphics cards. But mobile gaming is big business. Huge money. So it's no surprise to see one of the world's leading mobile processor suppliers - Qualcomm - taking a closer look at the issue. And to send a clear signal to the entire video game industry, Qualcomm took advantage of one of the world's most important video game trade shows to announce its new products. Three new products.
The Snapdragon brand is the most prominent in the catalog, so it's no surprise to see the company capitalizing on this name for its new products. Three new products, grouped together in the Snapdragon G Series. A range of three models - for the moment - the G1, G2 and G3. Qualcomm stresses that these three SoCs are an integral part of the Snapdragon G3x Gen 2 platform, designed to " address the growing diversity of gaming content, capabilities and costs to enable a broader range of portable gaming devices and form factors ".
Qualcomm has already announced that it has signed up several partners, including AYANEO, Huaqin, Inventec and Thundercomm. Companies that will not necessarily use the G1, G2 and G3 in the same way, as the chips have very different objectives. The Snapdragon G1 is designed to require no cooling solution. It is less powerful with its Kryo CPU (8 cores) and Adreno A11 GPU. Qualcomm intends to use it for local or cloud streaming gaming. The more powerful G2 retains the same CPU, but the GPU is upgraded to an Adreno A21 GPU, and the chip features a Snapdragon X62 5G Modem-RF System component to handle 5G and WiFi 6E.
Finally, the Snapdragon G3 retains the same 8-core Kryo CPU, but this is now supported by an Adreno A32 GPU. Qualcomm claims a 30% increase in CPU performance over the previous generation (a Snapdragon G3x Gen 1), and a 100% increase in graphics performance. All that remains is to see what manufacturers do with it!