Qualcomm And Tecent Collaborate On Gaming, 5G

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  • July 30, 2019
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Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf

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Qualcomm and Tencent have announced they’ll collaborate on projects that could include joint work on mobile gaming devices equipped with Qualcomm chips, game content and performance optimizations, cloud gaming, AR/VR, 5G gaming use, and “additional relevant technologies”. Both companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for co-operation in the aforementioned fields although the agreement is non-binding, meaning neither of both parties are actually obligated to the partnership.

A non-binding agreement entails there’s a probability both companies may not actually progress on the partnership, but it makes for an interesting one. Qualcomm and Tencent will collaborate on projects that could include making Tencent’s video games better play on devices equipped with Qualcomm chips, and making a 5G version of Tencent-backed gaming phone. The gaming phone, created by Tencent and Asus, was revealed at an event earlier this month. Not surprisingly, the phone is equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus processor.

(Beginning from left) Qualcomm China Chairman Frank Meng, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon, Tencent Senior Vice President Steven Ma, and Tencent General Manager Daniel Wu

image: Tencent

Qualcomm’s share of this partnership seems to be centered on 5G tech. “Mobile gaming, an important 5G use case, will soon take advantage of the next generation of connectivity” Qualcomm China Chairman Frank Meng said in a statement. “Faster speeds, more bandwidth, and cutting edge ultra-low latency will support real-time, multi-player and immersive gaming experience.” He said.

“Tencent has worked closely with Qualcomm Technologies and we are very pleased that the strategic cooperation announced today has deepened and expanded the relationship between the two parties” Tencent Senior Vice President Steven Ma added. “We hope that fostering cooperation between both parties can utilize our respective technologies and R&D expertise to further innovate the game industry, thereby bringing better game quality and interactive experience to users.” He said.

The partnership combines expertise from Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of mobile chips, with that of Tencent, China’s biggest mobile software and gaming company.

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