Nintendo is reportedly considering a gaming phone of its own

Nintendo is reportedly considering a gaming phone of its own
The Nintendo Switch and Nintendo DS have been massive successes. Nintendo’s mobile games have proven quite popular too. And according to some industry sources, the company might soon enter the smartphone market. 

As revealed by sources close to Taiwanese electronics component suppliers, Nintendo is currently reconsidering its previous decision to not enter the smartphone market. No specifics about the new plans were provided, but if the brand does move ahead with a smartphone of its own, it'll probably be developed with Nintendo Switch connectivity in mind – this should allow users to share game data and other information between the devices.

Considering Nintendo’s current lineup of Android games, it seems highly unlikely Nintendo’s device will compete with flagship offerings. Instead, the family-friendly company will probably develop some kind of mid-range smartphone that can handle its games without breaking the bank.

Over the past year or so, the gaming smartphone market has become increasingly competitive with releases from the likes of Razer, Xiaomi, Asus, and Nubia. But if Nintendo can successfully differentiate its own offering and offer it at a lower price – as it does with its consoles – the Japanese brand may feel very little heat from the high-end competitors.

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11 Comments

1. yobolegend

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 14, 2016

Go go switch pro mobile

2. whatev

Posts: 2117; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I hope they don’t, so keep it please, we don’t need another “gaming phone” that only plays mobile games, focus on the switch

3. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

I would definitely buy a smartphone that can play all switch games.

4. whatev

Posts: 2117; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Me too, but we both know that’s totally impossible, for technical reasons and also that would be stupid now that the switch is so successful, do they want to cannibalize the switch after having a disastrous era with the Wii U? I don’t think so

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

No its not lol The Nintendo Switch uses the Tegra X1, which is very very old at this point (from 2015) Comparing GFXBench benchmarks: Aztec Ruins Normal -SD 855: 16 fps -Tegra X1: 14 fps Aztec Ruins Normal -SD 855: 41 fps -Tegra X1: 36 fps Manhatten 3.1 -SD 855: 71 fps -Tegra X1: 63 fps Note those are peak benchmarks. Adreno GPUs usually only drop like 0-15% for sustained benchmarks And those Tegra X1 benchmarks are when its running at its full clockrate of ~1000MHz The Nintendo Switch undocked is capped at only 307.2MHz So undocked the Switch is about a third as powerful as docked Nintendo could definitely make a Switch Phone if they wanted The main issue is it would need to be Android based to be successful as phone Which would probaby lead to people would figuring out how to get Switch games to run on regular Android phones

9. whatev

Posts: 2117; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Ok “smart boy”, so then this “affordable” phone should have like 1 tb memory in order to have space for downloading those games, lots of ram, also there must be some way to provide the same gaming experience with the joycons which I don’t know how they would fit it in a phone, Bluetooth 5, the screen should be at least a decent lcd and the processor a flagship one, the battery must be juicy too; I knew there would come someone with the typical spewing specs and benchmarks bs *rolls eyes there’s no way this supposed phone could be affordable, and as I say that would be the stupidest thing Nintendo could do given the switch success, I think PhoneArena is talking about a phone like the razer and those others “gaming phones” that have a 120hz screen to play candy crush and asphalt 9 which anyone can perfectly play in a poco phone, an iPhone, a Samsung and any other phone, then what’s the point for such a phone? They should focus on the switch like they have been doing and also bring a revised version of the switch with better specs

8. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

I hope rumored switch mini is nintendo smartphone. Midrange soc with good battery life.

5. Rager722

Posts: 618; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Next up, Sony releases the PlayStation phone 2

7. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Xperia play was really good. I would buy phone like that with modern specs

10. ZeroCide

Posts: 809; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Nintenphone

11. CDexterWard

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Would pique my interest, if they actually do something more than put fancy leds and heat pipes on the unit. Let it be the next console war - Nintendo phone, PlayStation phone, hell gimme a Sega Dreamcast phone or a Colecovision phone.

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