When Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 855+ processor, the company said we could expect smartphones powered by the chip in the second half of the year (ie any day now). Asus has already announced it’s on board, and now it looks like Nubia is getting in on the action. A Black Shark 2 Pro with the chip is likely to be announced later this month.

One thing these phones have in common? These are all “gaming smartphones” aimed at folks who want bleeding-edge specs and performance.

Rival chip-maker MediaTek also wants to capture a bit of that market — and it looks like the company plans to launching its own chip for gaming phones soon.

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

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4 replies on “Lilbits 374: Gaming phones… or something”

  1. I’m actually really interested in this Mediatek G90 SOC. If it turns out to be as powerful as it seems, it will be interesting to see some non-smartphone devices using it. A refresh to the GPD XD+ comes to mind…..

    1. I’d like to see the 855+ or the G90 on mini-itx motherboard. Especially since they obviously are pretty powerful.
      That’s just a fantasy, but well I’m at it I’ll imagine things like DIMM slots, SATA and PCIE.

      1. ARM could’ve done something like this, by partnering with Motherboard Vendors in early 2015. Missed opportunities…

    2. “15% performance over Mali G72 MP3” for the GPU isn’t exactly stellar. That would land it around Adreno 512 (Snapdragon 660’s GPU) levels of performance, which is squarely midrange.

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