Device maker JXD offers a range of Android tablets that look like handheld gaming consoles, and which tend to have the physical buttons to match. The company recently launched an updated version of the JXD S5110 (which looks a lot like a Sony PSP), featuring a new dual-core processor.
The handheld Android gaming device features a 1.5 GHz AMlogic MX-S dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage, plus a microSD card for extra storage space.
It has a 5 inch, 800 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display with support for 5-point multitouch and the JXD S5110b runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
There are analog sticks on the right and left sides of the screen, start and select buttons, a D-pad, and four physical buttons on the right as well as shoulder buttons.
JXD says the system can also emulate classic gaming devices including the PlayStation 1, Nintendo 64 and GameBoy Advance. You can also map the hardware buttons to work with many Android games — and to be honest, while this sort of system is perfect for emulation, many modern Android games feature better graphics than classic console titles.
On the other hand, classic games often offer more hours of game play, better story lines, and all the other things you’d expect from titles that originally sold for dozens of dollars instead of just a few bucks at most.
The 800 x 480 pixel display also doesn’t seem like that big a disadvantage when you consider that most games you’d run in an emulator were essentially designed to run on televisions that had roughly VGA quality screens.
You can also connect the JXD S5110b to a TV with an HDMI cable if you want to play on a bigger screen though. It supports 1080p output.