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Qualcomm and Tencent to work on 5G gaming phone

Their agreement also includes optimizing Tencent’s game titles for smartphones, and tweaking games for US's 5G-ready and Qualcomm-powered laptops.

Qualcomm and Tencent collaborated on Asustek’s new ROG phone earlier this month.
Qualcomm and Tencent collaborated on Asustek’s new ROG phone earlier this month.

Qualcomm and Tencent announced on Monday that they would reportedly be working on projects that would include optimising the Chinese videogame company's titles for Android phones supported by the chipset maker's Snapdragon lineup, and a future 5G phone for gamers. 

The agreement between the two parties-according to the two companies' spokespeople-stipulated that future Tencent games could be "optimized" for Android phones that run Qualcomm's Snapdragon Elite gaming chips. Having previously collaborated on Asustek's new ROG phone earlier this month, the two companies' goal to create a gaming phone seems like a natural next step in their working partnership. According to Qualcomm China's chairman Frank Meng, "Mobile gaming, an important 5G use case, will soon take advantage of the next generation of connectivity. Faster speeds, more bandwidth, and cutting edge ultra-low latency will support real-time, multi-player and immersive gaming experience."

On the heels of Microsoft and Google's game streaming services, Tencent was also reported to be developing a cloud-based back-end service called Instant Play that game developers could use to power streaming games, according to a Reuters report. A consumer-faced streaming end hasn't been announced yet, though analysts are said to find it likely. Additionally, the two companies' agreement could also include tweaking game titles for U.S. laptops powered by Qualcomm's processors and connected to the Internet via 5G, rather than more traditional Wi-Fi chips.