The Nintendo Switch is a gaming console that currently sits within its own little corner of the gaming market, with other major platforms such as Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One offering a different - and more traditional - approach to hardware design which appeal to customers in different ways. As such, the Switch doesn't really have a direct competitor, but Chinese tech giant Huawei is hoping to change all of that.
Introducing the Huawei Mate20 X, a brand new gaming phone that was officially unveiled to the world just yesterday. The device will feature a 7.2-inch screen with a 1080p OLED display (compared to the Switch's 6.2-inch display with a native 720p resolution), and will come with a Kirin 980 processor. This processor is said to give the phone the extra space it needs to throw in a 5,000mAh battery, which Huawei says will give the phone a battery life that doubles that of the Switch.
Things get a little more interesting from a gaming point of view thanks to the inclusion of a stylus for the screen, and an optional gamepad which attaches to the left-hand side of the phone in a similar way to the Joy-Con. Only one pad is supported, meaning your right hand will still use the touchscreen, but Huawei has specifically listed the Switch as a competitor, hoping to ruin Nintendo's handheld party once and for all.
With a larger display, higher resolution, bigger battery, and arguably even more portability than the Switch, you might be thinking that this sounds like a good deal. Unfortunately, the device is set to cost a whopping €899 (approx. $1,040) at launch, and that's before you factor in any monthly contract plans to use any of the phone's features. For the sake of comparison, the Switch launched with a retail price point of $299.99 - a cool $740 cheaper.
You can see the presentation revealing the new phone below, where Huawei calls the device "the best portable mobile gaming machine". The speech highlights the areas in which the phone outperforms the Switch, although no mention is given to the types of games or developers said to be working alongside the device.
Do you think the Huawei Mate20 X will become a serious competitor in the portable gaming market, or do you think the Switch will remain supreme? Feel free to share your thoughts on this one in the comments below.