May 11th, 2021 publishUpdated   May 14th, 2021, 8:33 am

The news that Qualcomm is working on an Android-powered handheld gaming console is an interesting development for fans of the operating system.

Rumored to be similar to a Nintendo Switch, the device features detachable, Joy-Con-like controllers, Android 12, an SD card slot and 5G connectivity.

However, while the attached controllers may be appealing to gamers, recent research by Betwaysuggests that they may not be all they are cracked up to be.

The study looked at how much bacteria gathers on different parts of devices, comparing them with each other, a kitchen table and a toilet seat.

Swabs taken from the Nintendo Switch were found to be cleaner than the likes of Xbox and PlayStation, with a median of only 55 colony-forming units per swab.

While that figure may seem impressive, it was still 25 more than you would find on a toilet seat – a frightening thought for anyone who regularly uses the device.

With traditional Android tablets much easier to keep clean due to fewer buttons and the absence of controllers, gamers may well decide that these are a more hygienic option.

Read on as we look at three gaming tablets that we believe are a viable alternative to the rumored Android-based ‘Nintendo Switch’ console

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite features a 10.4” color rich TFT screen that is absolutely perfect for gaming purposes. 

The design doesn’t have any physical or touch buttons on the front, with the software allowing users to navigate via on-screen buttons and gestures.

The Exynos 9611 chipset and Mali-G72 graphics chip deliver a super-slick gameplay experience, while the AKG/HARMAN-tuned speakers provide immersive sounds.

With the option to expand the storage up to 1TB with a MicroSD card, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is well worth considering for your gaming needs.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

If the iPad Pro leaves you feeling cold, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is a superb value-for-money alternative that offers a rich gaming experience.

The device is powered by Snapdragon 865+ Octa-Core chipset, giving it the power to blitz through even the most feature-packed games with ease.

It comes with a large 11″ screen, excellent stereo speakers and fast charging, making it ideal if you are gaming on the move.

The metal body is well made and easy to keep clean, meaning that you don’t have to worry whether you are handling something dirtier than a toilet seat.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

For anyone whose primary concern is the cost when buying a tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 will be right up their street.

The previous design relied heavily on plastics, but the introduction of new metal elements has given the device a premium feel.

The A7’s Octa-Core Exynos 9611 chipset is powerful enough to handle most tasks, while the option to expand storage up to 1TB makes it great for gamers.

With a wide range of connectivity ports including a headphone jack, this superb tablet provides a pleasurable gaming experience without breaking the bank.