Did not have time to follow the news yesterday? Here’s what stood out on Monday, February 1: European Galaxy S21s perform less well than US versions, the Switch continues to sell like hot cakes, and a former Xbox manager explains why Microsoft has never released a portable console. To not miss any news, consider subscribing to the Frandroid newsletter.
Samsung Galaxy S21: less powerful European versions
Results on the performance and energy efficiency of the European Samsung Galaxy S21 – equipped with the Exynos 2100 processor – show that the American versions of the phone – which take advantage of the Snapdragon 888 – are more powerful and efficient. The gap is narrowing compared to the previous generation, but a gap is indeed still present.
Nintendo Switch, sales still at the top
As it slowly but surely approaches its fourth anniversary (March 3), the Nintendo Switch continues to hit the mark around the world. The hybrid home console has sold 11.57 million copies (with the Lite version) during the fourth quarter of 2020, and is dangerously close to the mark of 80 million units sold (79.87 million ). The Game Boy Advance (81.5 M) has something to worry about …
Why Microsoft has never released a portable console
On several occasions, the idea of a portable console was raised in the corridors of Microsoft, and more precisely in the office of Robert J. Bach, at one time president of the leisure division of the group, which then included Xbox. The person concerned addressed one of the main reasons which slowed down the project: the need to create a new internal team. Problem: the Xbox brand did not have the financial means.