Chinese Internet Colossus Tencent apparently believes in launching play smart phone. However, this will not be done alone, as it is being tackled with a large manufacturer to start the product.
That's according to China's 36KR exhaust (via TechNode), referring to "various independent sources." The outlet adds that the phone will be powered by a Qualcomm chipset (no surprises here) and that it will be Tencent trademark or dual brand (Tencent plus manufacturer brand). So just who would actually make the phone, then?
Well, 36KR reports that Tencent was talking to Asus, Razer, Xiaomi's Black Shark and Wentai. Three of these four brands have already launched a gaming smartphone, while the latter is a prominent ODM (original design manufacturer). It is suggested that the Chinese internet giant go with its own brand as it does with Wentai teams.
Just what can Tencent already release from a gaming device? Well, the company can pre-install its own services and store front on the device to make more cash. Tencent's studios also make many mobile games anyway, so you can expect a co-promotion with the new phone and several titles. But exclusive content also looks like another way to attract customers to the device.
As Tencent teams with a brand that has already launched a gambling phone, you can expect the new phone to share DNA with existing branded devices. This means a flagship level Snapdragon chipset, a display mode and a big battery for starters. But we also saw Razer and Asus supply screens with a higher refresh rate, while the latter controlled the air trigger. ROG Phone too.
Our doubts are that a Tencent brand will come to the West, though the company has an interest in several major Western gambling studios (including Epic Games, Supercell and Riot Games). So who knows, we might just see a Fortnite brand phone.