Date
22 October 2019
Tencent games could be optimized for Android phones that run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Elite gaming chips. Photo: Reuters
Tencent games could be optimized for Android phones that run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Elite gaming chips. Photo: Reuters

Qualcomm, Tencent to collaborate on gaming devices, 5G

Qualcomm and Tencent Holdings will cooperate on projects that could include making Tencent’s videogames play better on devices with Qualcomm chips, and create a 5G version of a Tencent-backed gaming phone, Reuters reports.

Under the agreement announced on Monday, future Tencent games could be “optimized” for Android phones that run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Elite gaming chips, the report said.

The two firms have already worked together on a gaming phone. Earlier this month, Tencent paired with Asustek Computers gaming device division, Republic of Games, to introduce a gaming phone with a Qualcomm chip.

Tencent and Qualcomm plan to jointly develop a 5G version of the gaming phone, which could help bolster Tencent’s plans for a streaming game service.

“Mobile gaming, an important 5G use case, will soon take advantage of the next generation of connectivity,” Qualcomm China Chairman Frank Meng was quoted as saying in a statement.

“Faster speeds, more bandwidth, and cutting edge ultra-low latency will support real-time, multi-player and immersive gaming experience.”

The cooperation agreement could also include tweaking game titles for US laptops powered by Qualcomm’s processors and connected to the Internet via 5G, rather than more traditional Wi-Fi chips, according to the report.

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